Showcased as "A Century of Success", the parade was a replay of the last 100 years of this town built on chocolate. Divided into decade segments from 1900 to 2000, it was perhaps the showiest, proudest, three and a half hours ever spent! Local celebrities sailed by on beautiful floats tossing out free toys and candy for everyone. Great bands in period costume gave touching tributes to American war heros. Local vendors and sponsors donned character costumes and puttered around in funny little cars. Of course, all of the Hershey characters were on hand to entertain. It all made for a once in a lifetime experience. There was even a horse-drawn calliope!
I almost feel as though I've been spoiled for any other parade I might attend in the future. After a wonderful spectacle like this, it seems that the only successor lies here in Hershey--100 years from now.
New York, New York
September 30, 2003
From journal Beautiful Amish Country