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AKRON -- The city of Akron is preparing to welcome Santa Claus back for the holiday season -- and extra help is needed.

City officials are seeking parade units for the upcoming 27th annual "Welcome Santa Holiday Parade."

The parade, which goes along Main Street in downtown Akron, steps off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30.

To sign up for the parade lineup, contact Greg Obringer at 330-375-2835 or gobringer@akronohio.gov.

Parade categories include marching bands, youth groups, animal units, specialty units, floats, costumed characters and novelty units.