The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and The Canton Repository are announcing a new five-year partnership that will designate The Canton Repository title sponsor of the 2016 Grand Parade.

For many years, The Canton Repository has given tremendous support to the Chamber’s numerous programs and activities, and has been an important media partner for the Enshrinement Festival by providing in-kind advertising support.

“Since their initial article in 1959 advocating for a Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, The Canton Repository has been a loyal and generous supporter of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival,” said Dennis P. Saunier, president and CEO of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The Repository’s title sponsorship of the Grand Parade is a natural progression of our longtime partnership, and one that will be mutually beneficial for both organizations.”

Jim Porter, publisher of The Canton Repository, added, “Both the Enshrinement Festival and The Canton Repository share a commitment to serving and strengthening our community. Being title sponsor of the Grand Parade gives us an opportunity to celebrate and support a world-class festival that is not only enjoyed by over 700,000 attendees each year, but puts Canton, Ohio, on the national stage in a positive light.”

“In addition to being a highly visible and well-known community partner, The Canton Repository’s commitment as title sponsor will allow the Enshrinement Festival to expand its reach through the Repository’s extensive network of local and regional media partnerships, with the goal of drawing new visitors to experience the magic of the Enshrinement Festival,” said Joanne Murray, vice president of community events and sponsorships for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In a related change, Todd Porter, special projects editor of The Canton Repository, will succeed longtime parade color commentator and Gold Jacket Dan Dierdorf, as commentary partner with Stefani Schaefer, Fox 8 News anchor. Dierdorf faithfully served the Enshrinement Festival as a parade commentator for 17 years.

The Canton Repository Grand Parade will be viewed by more than 200,000 spectators as they line Cleveland Avenue to welcome the Class of 2016 Enshrinees and many returning Gold Jackets. Spectators will enjoy over 100 specialty units, giant helium balloons, fabulous floats and marching bands.

Now in its 53rd year, the The Canton Repository Grand Parade will be held Saturday, August 6, beginning in downtown Canton and proceeding north on Cleveland Avenue for 2.2 miles to 25th St. NW. Step-off is at 8:00 a.m., with the parade lasting approximately two hours.  For more information on The Canton Repository Grand Parade and availability of reserved chairs and bleacher seats, visit