Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) will present “Jamestown’s Snowball Express” Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration, sponsored by The Resource Center and Lutheran Jamestown this Friday at 6:30pm. The parade will travel from Monroe Street East on Third Street to Tracy Plaza. Jamestown Harmony Express will be providing a free, live pre-parade concert for parade-goers on Tracy Plaza at 6:00pm. The Traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at the beginning of the parade prior to the singing of our National Anthem by Sergeant First Class Keith Stam. The Jamestown Cycle Shop Snowball Drop and fireworks show will be held following Santa’s arrival at the intersection of East Third Street and Spring Street.
Downtown restaurants will be open prior to the parade for dinner. Lisciandro’s Restaurant located on North Main Street will be open extended hours along with Forte serving their special blend of popcorn on East Third Street.
Street closings will begin at 3pm throughout the downtown. Third Street between Prendergast Avenue and Hallock Street will close at 3pm. All intersecting side streets between Prendergast Avenue and Hallock Street will close at 3pm and will only be open to residents. Motorists are asked to enter and exit the city via Second and Fourth Streets. The Jamestown Police Department and JRC ask that no vehicles park along the parade route and staging area, Third Street between Hallock Street and Prendergast Avenue, following 3pm. Parade lineup will start promptly at 5pm. All parade entrants MUST enter the line-up traveling EAST on Third Street at Hallock Street. No entries may enter traveling WEST. Please contact Capt. Todd Isaacson of the Jamestown Police Department at 483-7711 or Tiffani Conti of JRC at 664-2477, ext 226 for more information.
All participants with motor vehicles or trucks should have their driver remain with the vehicle at all times. All parade entries will receive a number at line up and this number MUST be displayed on the right and left front window of their entry to aid in announcer identification, along with a banner or sign. Parade participants without vehicles or floats should be dropped off at the Lincoln Elementary School parking lot on Front Street or at the end of intersecting streets between Porter Avenue and Hallock Street. Animal entries or those entries needing to unload equipment may use the Lincoln Elementary School parking lot.
Following the parade, entrants can disperse via Prendergast Avenue or to the Jamestown High School parking lot.
Any changes required due to weather conditions will be announced on the local radio stations. For more information finding where an entrant is to line up, parade officials will be staged at the corner of Third Street and Monroe Avenue, Porter Avenue and Third Street, Hall and Third Streets, Catlin and Third Streets, Cook and Third Streets, Stewart and Third Streets and Hallock and Third Streets. For more information, call the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation at 664-2477 prior to 3pm on Friday. Parade officials will be wearing yellow vests for easier identification.
The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, along with the Jamestown Police Department and Jamestown Fire Department, highly encourage those attending the parade consider the cold temperatures and to dress accordingly, especially younger children. The parade will last approximately 90 minutes in addition to the pre-parade show. Spectators are also requested to respect the location of barricades. Due to the increasing size of parade displays barricades are strategically placed for the safety of spectators. The main stage located on East Third Street will be the parade headquarters.
All participants wishing to distribute candy must walk along their display and hand items out. Throwing of candy or other items from parade displays is prohibited due to the increase display sizes and safety of spectators.
Spectators are encouraged to use the city ramps for convenient parking opportunities the evening of the parade. Ramps are located on West Fourth Street and the corner of North Main Street and West Second Street. Additional parking is located around Baker Park.
2013 PARADE LINE-UP:
DIVISION 1 – South Side of Third Street Bridge
Location of the S-BRIDGE Division – South Side of Third Street Bridge at Monroe Avenue
Lineup Location – On the South Side of the Third Street Bridge starting at plaza. UNITS MUST PARK ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE THIRD STREET BRIDGE. Positions will be marked.
S-BRIDGE Division Captains – Lynn Smith and Mike Goldman
Lineup: Jamestown Police Dept., Vietnam Veteran’s of America Chp 865 & Veteran’s of Modern Warfare Chp 20, Grand Marshal – Ron Cotton & Viscose Company #6 Steam Engine with Ed Shults Chevrolet, Inc., Blue Star Mothers of America – Lake Erie New York Chapter 4, Politicians, Jamestown Fire Dept., US Marine Corps Toys for Tots, The Resource Center – Affirmative Business, Jamestown Aktion Club, Lutheran Jamestown, City of Jamestown Parks & Recreation Dept., Jamestown BPU, Jamestown Red Raider Marching Band, Knights of Columbus, YNN, Randolph High School Football Team, Jamestown Civil Air Patrol, Jamestown Harmony Express with Ed Shults Chevrolet, Inc., Santa Claus & Caboose #300, Alstar EMS
DIVISION 2 – West Third Street (North & South Sides)
Location of the THIRD STREET Division – On both sides of West Third Street between Porter Avenue and Hallock Street. UNITS MUST FILL IN AS THEY ARRIVE ON BOTH THE NORTH AND SOUTH SIDES OF WEST THIRD STREET BETWEEN PORTER AVENUE AND HALLOCK STREET. Positions will not be marked. Units will line-up in the order they arrive.
Third Street Division Captain – Bob Frucella and Jim Domagola
Lineup: Affinity One Federal Credit Union, Albro Advertising, Allied Fire Protection & Local Union 669, American Red Cross of SWNY, Artone, Beichner Waste Services, Bemus Point United Methodist Church, Bikers Babes & Beyond Family Salon, Boy Scout Troop 137 – Bemus Point, Boy Scout Troop 162, Cargivers, Casella Waste Services of Jamestown, Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc. – SNAP NOEP Program for Chautauqua, Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Association, Chautauqua County Dairy Princess, Chautauqua County Humane Society, Chautauqua County Roller Derby, Chautauqua Lake Twin Tier Antique Boat Chapter, Chautauqua Mall, Chautauqua Pools & Spas, Chautauqua Striders, Christ First United Methodist Church, Dependable Tow & Recovery, Dove-FM Radio, Eastside YMCA Middle School Academy, Ed Shults Ford Lincoln Hyundai & NY Petite & USA Petite Pageants, Elements Salon & Spa & Barber Trucking, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Eric’s Property Maintenance, First Lutheran Church, Five Star Urgent Care, Geer-Dunn Co., Girl Scouts of WNY, Good City Records, H&R Block, Harley Davidson of Jamestown, Hector’s Power Sports, Hedlund Express, Hollyloft Ski & Bike, IBEW Local 106, Infinity Visual & Performing Arts, Inc. & Painting Unlimited of Jamestown, Inc., Jamestown Business College, Jamestown Community College Student Senate, Jamestown Cycle Shop, Jamestown ICE & Storage, Jamestown YMCA Jets, Jerry Sayre, JJ Jingles the Clown, Lazy E Ranch, LC Marketing & Friends, Learning Disabilities of WNY, Lisa P’s Kreative T’s & More, Lynn Development Group, Northwest Savings Bank, Ostrom Enterprises, Inc., Patti Excavating, Pepsi Beverage Company, Reid’s Powersports, Robo Enterprise, Inc., Sam’s Club, Smith Boys of Chautauqua, St. James Italian Heritage Dance Club, Starbuck’s, Town of Ellicott Police Dept., WBKX/Kix Country 96.5 & 100.3, WCA Hospital, White’s Sales & Service, LLC., and Wing City Grille
DIVISION 3 – North Side of Third Street Bridge
Location of the N-BRIDGE Division – North side of the Third Street Bridge at Monroe Avenue. FIRETRUCKS MUST FILL IN AS THEY ARRIVE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE THIRD STREET BRIDGE BETWEEN MONROE STREET AND PORTER AVENUE. Positions will not be marked. Units will line-up in the order they arrive and be filtered into the parade.
3rd Street Bridge Division Captain – Lynn Smith and Mike Goldman
Lineup: Bemus Point Volunteer Fire Dept., Busti Fire Dept., Celoron Host Co. #1, Cherry Creek Fire Dept., Falconer Fire Dept., Frewsburg Fire Co., Gerry Volunteer Fire Dept., Jamestown Fire Dept., Kennedy Fire Dept., Kiantone Independent Fire Dept., Lakewood Fire Dept., and Sinclairville Volunteer Fire Co.
Additional parade volunteers will be stationed throughout the parade line-up:
Third Street Bridge and Monroe Avenue: Lynn Smith, Leslie Hoisington, Jennifer
Cresanti, Megan Green, Sara Flaherty, BOCES Explorers
Third Street Bridge: Mike Goldman, BOCES Explorers
Porter Avenue and Front Street: BOCES Explorers
Porter Avenue and Third Street: Bob Frucella, Jim Domagola, and Erin Domagola
Hall & Third Streets: Patrick LaPointe, JPD, BOCES Explorers
Catlin & Third Streets: Leslie Carlson, Kathleen Colby, BOCES Explorers
Cook & Third Streets: Hannah Braun, Bridget Kleinfelder
Stewart & Third Streets: Scott Mekus, Peter Lombardi, BOCES Explorers
Hallock & Third Streets: John Bauer, JPD
YNN stage: Mary Maxwell, Mei Wen Maxwell
Tracy Plaza: Tiffani Conti, Vicky Bardo, Judy Johnson
Spring & Third Streets: Greg Lindquist, JPD
Announcers: Jade Barber, Bill Daly
There will be eight different trophy categories for the parade in 2013 including Best Theme Related parade unit, Best Animal, Best Business, Best Civic/Not-for-Profit, Best Youth Involvement, Most Creative, Best All Around, and Crowd Favorite. Trophies are sponsored in part by Albro Advertising, Allied Fire Protection & Local Union 669, Artone, Barber Trucking, Beichner Waste Services, Care Givers, Casella Waste Services of Jamestown, Chautauqua Lake Twin Tier, Dependable Tow and Recovery, Elements Salon & Spa, H&R Block, Harley Davidson of Jamestown, Hector’s Power Sports, Jamestown Business College, Jamestown Community College Student Senate, Jamestown ICE and Storage, LC Marketing & Friends, Learning Disabilities Association of WNY, Lisa P’s Kreative T’s and More, Lynn Development Group, Painting Unlimited of Jamestown, Inc., Pepsi Beverage Company, and Reid’s Powersports.
Additional support for the annual parade is provided by the City of Jamestown and its various departments, including Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Public Safety, and the Board of Public Utilities, The Jamestown Gateway Train Station and Casella Waste Services.
YNN will be broadcasting the parade on YNN from 6:30pm-8:00pm that will include Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties. Those who are unable to visit downtown Jamestown and enjoy the parade first-hand, the parade will be available for anytime viewing following the live broadcast on YNN On-Demand. Additional replay times and dates will be announced following the parade on local cable access channels.
Visit www.jamestownupclose.com for a complete calendar of events taking place throughout December.