The Mayfair-Holmesburg Parade of Talent is scheduled for this Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the John M. Perzel Community Center, at 2990 St. Vincent St. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served. Smoking and alcoholic beverages are prohibited, and no outside food or drink is permitted in the building.
Meanwhile, the Mayfair Business Association will hold its annual Christmas tree trimming and lighting ceremony that same day at 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Frankford, Cottman and Ryan avenues. There will be music and hot chocolate, and children are welcome to bring non-glass ornaments to decorate the tree. Santa will light the tree at 5pm.
The community center event replaces the traditional Thanksgiving parade, at least for this year, because organizers could not afford the city's new demands to pay for sanitation and police.
The 34th annual celebration will include many of the participants who have walked along Frankford Avenue during past parades.
The highlights will be an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus and music by DJ Kris Kringle.
The Greater Kensington, Durning and Hegeman string bands will entertain the crowd, along with the Father Judge High School band and the St. Hubert dancers.
The Mayfair Business Association will sponsor children's craft activities and raffle off gift certificates.
Other sponsors and participants include the Optimist Club of Philadelphia, Heritage Insurance, Mayfair Shop N' Bag, Torresdale Flower Shop, Motion and Dance Studio, Firstrust Bank, Simmer Electric, Haegele's Bakery, Dance Kidz Studio, Perzel Insurance, Torresdale Cheer and Dance, Mayfair Community Development Corporation, Devon Theater's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Polonia Bank, Domenico Custom Tailoring and Formal Wear, Dress Up Time Fashions, Bellalisa Hair Studio, Beneficial Bank, Licolli AAA Towing, Sweet Lucy's Smoke House and Acme Window Shade Company