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Nashua organizers looking to fall for celebration

NASHUA — An initiative is underway to create the city’s first fall festival, and organizers are hoping it will become an annual celebration of all things autumn.

The Gate City Fall Festival will launch on Oct. 18 with a parade down Main Street and several kid-friendly activities at Holman Stadium, including hayrides, a Halloween costume contest and pumpkin chucking.

“I thought it would be nice to have a communitywide event focused on our kids,” Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said on Wednesday. “I foresee this event becoming a fall version of Nashua’s holiday stroll.”

The Gate City Fall Festival planning committee has taken the mayor’s vision and is in the process of organizing the family fun event hoping to attract thousands of residents.

“The festival is already taking shape, and we are starting to get a lot of interest,” said Kim Crider, committee chairperson. “We really want people to feel welcome to participate and get involved as much as possible.”

Local organizations, sports groups, businesses and school clubs are invited to make floats or walk in the fall festival parade, which will travel from Nashua City Hall to Holman Stadium. A ballroom dance team from the Greater Nashua YMCA, the Bishop Guertin marching band, a ukulele group and the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps have already expressed interest in participating in the parade, according to Crider.

At the stadium, organizers are planning to have a ferris wheel and carousel on hand, along with live entertainment, pony rides, a woodcarver, farmers market and archery activity.

“This is geared as a celebration of Nashua families and the entire Nashua community,” said Crider, adding everyone is invited.

Lozeau is optimistic that there will be large crowds for the fall festival and heavy participation in the parade, stressing the floats can be as simple as decorated wagons.

The event will be free to the public, and vendors are welcome to register. The mayor is hopeful that the festival, at an estimated cost of $5,000 to $8,000, will be sponsored by an area business or organization to cover the financing.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Oct 18, and the activities at Holman Stadium will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anyone interested in participating in the parade may complete an application posted on the city’s website at

To learn more about getting involved in the festival, email