To the editor: The Anthracite Heritage Festival of the Arts Parade, sponsored by the Northumberland County Council for the Arts and First National Bank, will be held May 24 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Shamokin.

Every year I have been delighted to see more and more entrants, and we are hoping to surpass last year's lineup of more than 40 participating groups and individuals, not including emergency vehicles.

This year I hope to see new members of the community get involved, so I wanted to throw out a few ideas of groups we would like to see added; some may be groups you never would have thought of including in a parade, such as Zumba classes, bus companies advertising upcoming trips, businesses promoting their services or products, reenactors (Civil War, coal mining, cemetery tour), church choirs, sports teams (schools and recreational), dance troupes, theater ensembles (schools could advertise in costume the musicals they will be performing the upcoming year or in years past), barbershop quartets, accordion players, youth groups, 4x4s and Jeeps, music groups of all kinds (we are in need of more music groups to perform at the parade), hoola-hoopers, cheerleaders, martial arts experts and students, pets and more. These are just some ideas.

Of course, the parade committee always appreciate the many floats, bands, political vehicles, vintage cars and sports teams that have participated in the past. They have helped to make the Anthracite Heritage Festival of the Arts parade one of the premiere parades in the region.

I look forward to seeing all of our parade participants and parade-goers this May.

Sincerely.

Pamela Brennan Burns

Parade chairwoman