JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) — As February comes to a close, the City of Jamestown is looking ahead towards continuing the traditions of St. Patrick’s Day, and starting something new.
Jamestown is one of only three cities in the U.S. that dyes a river green for St. Patrick’s Day.
“March 18 at the Riverwalk down by Jamma, we’re gonna help the city, the city does a phenomenal job anyway. Trying to enhance it a bit with some activities and things like that. The format will stay the same, the ten to twelve format. Around 11 in the morning, Dan, they’ll have music going at ten and then Dan will have his guys starting to turn the river green with the dye that’s safe and all that,” explains Patrick Smeraldo of Collaborative Children’s Solutions.
Smeraldo is planning fun activities for children, as well as a local business scavenger hunt. Any shop looking to participate is asked to contact him via email or on Facebook.
A showcase with the Xplosion All-Stars cheer group will also be held during on St. Patrick’s Day weekend at the Northwest Arena.
“So Xplosion Cheer, Sam Robinson and her group will be taking over the arena that day,” says Smeraldo. “It’s gonna be extremely professionally, spring-floor over the ice, judges, music, the whole deal. We’re gonna attract some teams and have a competition.”
The showcase will run from 10 a.m. until around 4 p.m. depending on how many teams take part. Teams looking to register are asked to contact Robinson or Smeraldo before the event.
“We actually have tons of vendors, we want the public to get involved, come and join us. It is a fun show, it’s not something that you normally see in this area. You can go to a hockey game, you can go to a baseball game, but to come and see cheerleading and dancing from boys and girls from all ages is a huge opportunity and we’re excited to bring that to the town,” says Samantha Robinson, owner and head coach of Xplosion All-Stars.
Recently, the group has added a Cheer Abilities team for special needs children to participate in the sport. Xplosions has around 115 athletes ages three to eighteen.
Admission for the event is 20 dollars for adults, and ages 5 and under will be free.