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Christmas Spirit Evident In Downtown Parade

A variety of Christmas-themed characters lined the parade route on Saturday.

Collaborative Children’s Solutions launched its largest Christmas parade ever on Saturday, entitled “Light the City.”

The non-profit organization reported in a post, on their official Facebook page, that the previous biggest parade they’ve hosted had 60 floats, and this year’s parade has more than 103 floats participating – much to the surprise and delight of the crowd goers.

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“One hundred and four floats, I didn’t know that,” said Tyrell Longoria, 54, a Jamestown native. “Every year we come down here to watch the parade with our grandchildren. It seems like the parade is such a wonderful thing for our town.”

Longoria wasn’t the only person whose yearly highlight is this annual parade.

“I have my daughter in the parade this year,” said Harold Washington, a resident of Jamestown and native of Ashtabula, Ohio. “Most of the parades in my home state don’t compare to this one.”

Jamestown Fire Department provided several firefighting apparatuses that were part of the Annual Jamestown City Christmas Parade Saturday. The parade host and event organizer, Collaborative Children’s Solutions, reports that the largest parade, prior to this event, had 60 floats. This year’s parade shattered that record and hosted 104 floats. P-J Photo by Christopher Blakeslee

Additionally, there was side-line entertainment during the entire parade. Balloon twisters, people dressed as the Grinch, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and other Christmas-themed characters who were walking the streets and taking pictures with event goers.

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