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.