City Leaders Planning ‘Reverse’ Jamestown Christmas Parade

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JAMESTOWN – COVID-19 concerns canceled this year’s Jamestown Christmas Parade, however, local leaders are planning a similar festive event to ring in holiday cheer.

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist, speaking at Thursday’s City Council Public Safety Committee Meeting, says a “reverse” Christmas parade will be taking place instead.

He says city officials will be encouraging businesses and organizations to decorate parking spaces along Third Street, similar to how they would build a float.

Then, residents would be encouraged to drive down the street to view the displays from the safety of their vehicles.

The annual lighting of the Christmas Tree, a traditional Santa Clause and music will also take place.

The Mayor says the idea originates from Geneva, New York, which hosted a similar event on Halloween.

Businesses who want to participate would need to fill out an application online.

The modified parade will be held Friday, December 4, from 6 p.m.  to 7:30 p.m. with the tree lighting taking place beforhand.

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Jamestown Renaissance Cooperation will help contribute to the event as well, the Mayor says.


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1 Comment

  1. Fantastic idea! People who are elderly or unable to stand for a parade will be able to participate, and no worries about babies being cold. It will be great to have this to look forward to!

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