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Ford Parade

Hundreds of Ford automobiles fill downtown Carlisle June 3, 2018.

Hundreds of Fords will roll into downtown Carlisle Saturday night for the annual Ford parade hosted by the Downtown Carlisle Association.

"There is no other place in the northeast where you can see and experience so many different, American-made cars. The cars, along with downtown dining, and shopping, and live music, really makes this an event for everyone,” DCA executive director Glenn White said.

The parade begins at 6:45 p.m. at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, and will be downtown at 7 p.m. The cars will park along Hanover and High streets to allow people to see them up close. The event ends at 9 p.m.

The parade will lead to the closure of some downtown streets from 6:45 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

Parking will not be allowed on the streets that are closed beginning at 6 p.m.

The Ford Parade started in 2011 when Carlisle Events asked DCA if it could provide a similar event to the Corvette Parade. White said the organization saw it as a great opportunity to draw people downtown.

“Many people still have not explored downtown and everything we have. We see this as a great chance for visitors to explore downtown, grab dinner, check out some shopping and hopefully they see things they like and will visit again,” he said.

White said almost 200 cars have registered for the parade, and he expects close to 400 to make the drive downtown. Though based on the Corvette Parade that fills downtown Carlisle every August, the Ford Parade differs because there are so many makes and models of Fords.

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“Yes, there will be a lot of Mustangs, but also Fairlanes to Focuses, Taurus to Thunderbirds,” White said.

The parade will be led by a group of Ford officials showing off their products. One of those guests will be Chuck Cantwell, an original GT500 engineer from the 1960s, who will join Ford Performance in the first-ever produced modern Shelby GT350R.

Volunteers are still needed to help park the cars at the event. Volunteers are rewarded with a T-shirt and a wings and beer/soda event afterward, White said.

To volunteer, visit the DCA website at lovecarlisle.com.

The parade comes on the second day of the Carlisle Ford Nationals event at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. The event runs from 7 a.m. to  6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

Billed as the largest all-Ford Show in the world, Carlisle Ford Nationals features Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Euro Fords. Ford Motor Co. and Ford Performance will be onsite to offer new car test drives, installations and special displays.

As with all Carlisle Events show, the flea market at Carlisle Ford Nationals will feature cars, parts, tools, memorabilia, collectibles and more.

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Carlisle Reporter

Carlisle Reporter for The Sentinel.