The 30th anniversary of the Corvette Parade rolls into downtown Carlisle Saturday night.
The parade, officially billed as the Corvette Park and Party, runs from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. During that time, “That Band” will perform pop and dance music on the steps of the new courthouse.
Glenn White, executive director of the Downtown Carlisle Association, said they are expecting close to 500 Corvettes in the parade.
According to the Carlisle Borough’s social media posts, the parade requires the closure of several downtown streets from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Those streets are:
- I Street south to Carlisle Springs Road
- Carlisle Springs Road from I Street to North Hanover Street
- Hanover Street from Carlisle Springs Road to South Street
- High Street from Bedford Street to West Street
- Pitt Street from Louther Street to Pomfret Street
- East Pomfret Street to Eagles lot
Beginning in the late afternoon, parking will be prohibited on these streets as well as between North and Penn streets.
In recent years, the DCA said it has seen a resurgence of interest in the parade and the numbers participating annually have exceeded 400 in the past three years. In 2018, the DCA decided to max out at 500 cars and pre-registration as of the Thursday before the parade was at more than 466 participants.
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“This is a great number and shows how interested these car enthusiasts are in downtown Carlisle and having a great time in our town,” stated White.
White said the DCA encourages stores to stay open late on the night of the parade to “make it a sidewalk sale night.”
DCA/LoveCarlisle.com spends close to eight months each year on the operations, staffing, street closures, volunteer recruitment, design, advertising and other operational functions that go into the parade, according to the organization.
As an active partner in the event, Carlisle Events gives DCA a space to register participants, collect pre-registrations and line up all of the cars in the fairgrounds so that they can parade into town.
DCA has about 60 volunteers in town to direct the Corvette drivers into the appropriate parking spaces.
The parade comes during the Carlisle Events’ Corvettes at Carlisle show, which will continue at the fairgrounds through Sunday. The show is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday.
Corvettes at Carlisle features more than 5,000 Corvettes representing all generations of the classic sports car, according to the Carlisle Events website. The show also features an automotive flea market, autocross and burnout events and special displays.