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Parade of Homes marches back this fall

For the past three years, Fort Wayne has been without a Parade of Homes.

This year, the event will return from hiatus – again – to bring Fort Wayne a tour of homes in the Veracruz subdivision, at Covington and West Hamilton roads.

The Parade of Homes, which allows builders to showcase their homes in a single neighborhood, was introduced in 1956 and ran through 1980. It picked up again in 1983 and ran through 2002, said Maurine Holle, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne Inc.

The event has been spotty since, not taking place in 2003, ’04, ’07 and ’08. That’s not because the association hasn’t tried; in fact, each year, it seeks enough builders interested in having a Parade of Homes, Holle said. When it hasn’t been able to in recent years, the association has hosted a Town & Country Home Tour in its place. The fall Town & Country tour won’t take place because of the Parade of Homes, but the spring Town & Country New Home Tour is scheduled for April 25 and 26, and May 2 and 3.

“I think this is showing that the tide is turning,” Holle said. “It’s the perfect time to build a house with new homebuyer incentives and low interest rates.”

The Parade of Homes will run from Sept. 26 through Oct. 4. Holle is unsure of the price range of the homes that will be featured. It’s early enough in the process that several builders don’t have their blueprints drawn, she said.