The 2012 Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration theme will be "Tradition of Caring at Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration.
"We would like to see the different traditions families have at holiday time that show their families they care," said Ashley Anderson, Downtown Jamestown Development Corp. special events coordinator.
The 2012 parade will be held Friday, Nov. 30, in downtown Jamestown. Line-up will begin at 5 p.m. and the parade will step off at 6:30 p.m. traveling east on Third Street to Tracy Plaza.
Pictured above is the 2011 The Resource Center & TRC Foundation’s I’ll be Home for Christmas Parade of the Wooden Soldier and Holiday Celebration in Jamestown.
All businesses, organizations, groups, families, churches and individuals are asked to register with DJDC to participate in the parade. Participation is free of charge. Registration forms will be available online at www.discoverjamestown.com on Oct. 1. Businesses, organizations, and participants may also sponsor a trophy by donating $20 to DJDC for 13 different categories that will be judged.
"It is always exciting to see everyone's interpretations of the theme selected each year. We anticipate another successful parade and holiday celebration this winter," Anderson said.
For the sixth year in a row, the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation invites all area businesses and organizations to participate in the Jamestown Snowball Drop in conjunction with post-parade festivities. In 2011, 800 white ping-pong balls, donated by the Jamestown Cycle Shop, were distributed to local businesses where they wrote special give-a-ways and prizes on them. Once collected, the simulated snow-balls were dropped from a Jamestown Fire Department ladder truck following the parade. Those who were lucky enough to catch a "snow-ball" redeemed it at the appropriate establishment to receive their prize. Any businesses interested in participating are asked to contact DJDC.
"This has been a very successful addition to the parade event lineup. Thousands of parade goers position themselves under the ladder to collect as many snowballs as possible," Anderson said. "Business and organization participants have stated that those who collect the snowballs continue to collect their prizes and give-a-ways throughout the year. We encourage all of our downtown businesses to take ping-pong balls and participate in this free and unique advertise opportunity that is designed to increase foot traffic through their establishments this holiday season."
Additional holiday activities and events produced by DJDC and other various organizations will be held throughout the season. Any organization hosting a holiday event, including an open house, party or sale, is asked to contact DJDC to have their event included in this year's holiday calendar, free of charge.
For more information, call the DJDC at 664-2477.