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Holiday River Parade Has New Surprises


The 35th annual Holiday River Parade is Friday at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the River Walk and it’s expected to have more attractions than in years past. The parade starts at El Tropicano Hotel.  More than 30,000 people are expected to attend.


Paula Schechter is the Marketing and Public Relations Director for the Paseo del Rio Association.


“I think of the 2016 Holiday River Parade as the year of more,” Schechter says. “”We’re giving them more lights, more floats, more parade routes. We have some really fun little bumper boats that we’ve added to mix and mingle. They’ll be creating mischief by buzzing around and passing out candy canes.”


Schechter says for the first time there will be a scented ginger bread float sponsored by Starbucks that people will be able to smell as it passes by.  There will also be carolers on some of the bridges.  Tickets must be purchased online in advance, however you can see the parade for free at the beginning of the parade route if you get there early.

Louisa Jonas is an independent public radio producer, environmental writer, and radio production teacher based in Baltimore. She is thrilled to have been a PRX STEM Story Project recipient for which she produced a piece about periodical cicadas. Her work includes documentaries about spawning horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds aired on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. Louisa previously worked as the podcast producer at WYPR 88.1FM in Baltimore. There she created and produced two documentary podcast series: Natural Maryland and Ascending: Baltimore School for the Arts. The Nature Conservancy selected her documentaries for their podcast Nature Stories. She has also produced for the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Distillations Podcast. Louisa is editor of the book Backyard Carolina: Two Decades of Public Radio Commentary. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her training also includes journalism fellowships from the Science Literacy Project and the Knight Digital Media Center, both in Berkeley, CA. Most recently she received a journalism fellowship through Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where she traveled to Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska to study climate change. In addition to her work as an independent producer, she teaches radio production classes at Howard Community College to a great group of budding journalists. She has worked as an environmental educator and canoe instructor but has yet to convince a great blue heron to squawk for her microphone…she remains undeterred.