JAMESTOWN – Jamestown officially welcomed the holiday season by lighting the city’s Christmas Tree and hosting a one-of-a-kind holiday parade.
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist kicked off festivities by lighting a 40-foot tall White Spruce that was donated from a residence on Cole Avenue.
“This was a very muted ceremony this year, we had three of our young residents, Robbie, Sydney and Avery who joined us today to light the tree,” said Sundquist. “Unfortunately, I’ve been telling most folks that this year I felt like the Grinch for the holiday season, because we had to cancel so many events across the city.”
The Mayor says the festivities are a good way to bring the community together following a very tough year, even though everyone may be physically apart.
“Being able to see families with their children driving through the parade waving at Santa and donating toys for Toys for Tots, seeing a Christmas Tree, I’m really seeing some hope for 2021 going into the next year, I’m excited to see that,” said Sundquist. “I’m excited to see a community rally behind an idea that we’ve never tried, something new that we’re doing, in a way to bring some holiday cheer to kids across the City of Jamestown.”
Following the tree lighting, the community held a “reverse” parade by setting up stationery “floats” or displays in parking spaces along Third Street between Washington Street and Prendergast Avenue in Downtown Jamestown.
Then, residents drove in their vehicles down the roadway to watch the displays.
The parade route ends with first responders collecting toys for the annual Toys for Tots drive.
A photo gallery of the festivities is posted below: