Season’s Greetings: City Finds Holiday Parade Partner

Left, Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist has a little help from his friends last year as they light the 2020 Jamestown Christmas Tree at the Jamestown Municipal Building. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

The return of the Downtown Jamestown Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration will be happening this year.

On Tuesday, city officials announced a partnership with Collaborative Children’s Solution to organize the annual Jamestown Holiday Parade. City officials stated more information will be forthcoming in the coming weeks on a date, time and process for the parade.

Businesses or organizations interested in supporting or being in the parade should contact Collaborative Children’s Services CEO Patrick Smeraldo at 499-4065 or ccsolutions716@gmail.com.

Earlier this month, Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist told The Post-Journal that the city was looking for a lead agency to spearhead the coordination of a Christmas parade and holiday celebration. He said in years past, the Jamestown Renaissance Corp. organized the parade. However, with the downsizing of JRC since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sundquist said the organization can no longer manage downtown events.

Last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the guidelines restricting crowds, a unique drive-through Downtown Holiday Cruise was held, which was also known as a “reverse” Christmas parade. The event featured Santa Claus, a lit Christmas Tree and holiday music. Also, there were several businesses and organizations that set up stationery “floats” or displays in parking spaces along Third Street between Washington Street and Prendergast Avenue. Spectators were invited to drive vehicles through the holiday cruise and enjoy the sights.


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