JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – One of the area’s largest and most notable Christmas Celebrations is returning to Jamestown this Saturday.
Organized by Collaborative Children Solution and the City of Jamestown, the 2022 Jamestown Christmas Parade’s theme is the “Season of Joy,” a way to showcase how you express your own personal joy during the holiday season.
“I didn’t know how special this parade was,“ explained organizer Patrick Smoreldo. “Just from the messages, the registrations, the offers to help, I guess I really didn’t know how special it was. I’m glad that it is once again for the children. Kids should be able to celebrate Christmas with a parade, I’m all about that.”
The parade itself will begin on the Third Street Bridge, and after a silent section between Lafayette and Washington Streets, the enclave will then continue through Downtown Jamestown ultimately ending at City Hall.
“Either adults, or children, or pets that are sensitive to loud noises, we’ve done that with our fireworks show this year,“ stated Smoreldo. “We’ve established a quiet zone, as quiet as you can be during a parade. We would just ask that all firehorns are not blown in this section. You’ll catch the highschool band just tapping on their drums as they go through, but no loud blaring music.”
This year’s Grand Marshals are the Stone family, who will be honored for their work helping our foster care system in Chautauqua County.
“We worked together with the Stones, the Stone Family, Daniel, Matt, and their children, and they were able to put together over 100 birthday boxes for CASA and New Directions of Chautauqua County,“ explained Smoreldo. “Which is really important for 100 kids in foster care to be able to celebrate their special day in 2023, their birthday. So we’ve awarded them Grand Marshals for all they’ve done just not this year, but years for the foster care system in Chautauqua County.”
Right now, there are 75 different participants signed for this year’s parade, from local businesses, dance groups, fire departments and of course the Jamestown Red Raider Marching Band.
The spectacle is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, December 3 at 6 p.m. with the annual municipal tree lighting and fireworks display as well.
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