SANTA CLAUS IS COM­ING TO TOWN

West Chester Christ­mas Pa­rade set to take place tonight

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Farence afarence@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @afarence on Twit­ter

Si­lent night? Not in West Chester tonight, since the an­nual Christ­mas Pa­rade is set to take place in the bor­ough.

Side­walks and streets are al­ways packed ev­ery year as peo­ple gather to watch one of the bor­ough’s sig­na­ture events take place.

This year, start­ing at 7:15 p.m. at New and Mar­ket streets, the 37th an­nual West Chester Christ­mas Pa­rade will at­tract over 40,000 spec­ta­tors to the bor­ough and about 100 mil­lion na­tion­wide by tele­vi­sion.

“The pa­rade means so much for the peo­ple of West Chester,” said Mark Yoder, pres­i­dent of the Greater West Chester Cham­ber of Com­merce. “It’s our com­mu­nity’s pa­rade.”

Yoder said this year the pa­rade is big­ger than it’s been be­fore, with about 5,000 pa­rade par­tic­i­pants, and he ad­vised spec­ta­tors get to the pa­rade site early in or­der to find park­ing.

Five cold air bal­loons, sev­eral dance troupes, an­tique cars, and com­mu­nity floats and ve­hi­cles will make their way through town.

“The West Chester Christ­mas Pa­rade is a won­der­ful way to bring our lo­cal com­mu­nity to­gether to con­nect in the spirit of the hol­i­days,” wrote QVC spokes­woman Colleen Rooney.

“The pa­rade means so much for the peo­ple of West Chester. It’s our com­mu­nity’s pa­rade.” — Mark Yoder, pres­i­dent of the Greater West Chester Cham­ber of Com­merce

This year, QVC is the ti­tle spon­sor for the pa­rade.

Last year, some of the bands that par­tic­i­pated in the pa­rade were West Chester Hen­der­son, West Chester Rustin, West Chester East, Avon Grove, Down­ing­town, Bishop Shana­han and Owen J. Roberts.

Be­fore the pa­rade be­gins, the eighth an­nual Jin­gle Elf Run will start on Mar­ket Street be­tween High and Wal­nut streets and in­cludes a chil­dren’s race, a 2-mile run, and a 1-mile walk, with cash prizes awarded to the top fin­ish­ers in the 2-mile race, and a cash prize for the best dressed elf.

“In ad­di­tion to QVC, we’d like to thank all of our spon­sors for this event,” Yoder said.

High­lights of the pa­rade will be broad­casted dur­ing QVC’s hol­i­day pro­gram­ming, Dec. 24 through Dec. 26.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

A dancer per­forms in the Greater West Chester Cham­ber of Com­merce’s 36th an­nual Mars Drinks Old­Fash­ioned Christ­mas Pa­rade in West Chester on Dec. 4, 2015.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

Santa Claus was the star of the show dur­ing last year’s Greater West Chester Cham­ber of Com­merce’s 36th an­nual Mars Drinks Old­Fash­ioned Christ­mas Pa­rade in West Chester.

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