Christmas Cheer Abound at 40th Annual QVC West Chester Christmas Parade
The 40th Annual QVC West Chester Christmas Parade, which took place this past Friday, December 6, 2019, heralded in the holiday season with fun and flare to be remembered for years to come.
Hosted by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, the parade delivered a seasonal mix of traditional elements with a modern twist – local schools, businesses, volunteer fire companies, and other service organizations joined the scores of marching bands, floats, and performance groups, cementing themselves as mainstays at the QVC West Chester Christmas Parade experience.
Sponsor and vendor tents lined High Street during the Key Financial Holiday Village, packed with free photo opportunities like the Giant Inflatable Snow Globe provided by ServPro of West Chester, the Berenstain Bears provided by Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, and a Giant Frosty Chair provided by My Benefit Advisor. Children lined up to race BERG Toys’ pedal-carts and jump on their Champion Trampoline, and 95.7BenFM perfected the holiday feel with their classic holiday tunes.
The US Air Force Jingle Elf Run began around 6:30 p.m. and saw hundreds of participants race the parade route dressed in their best holiday and elf costumes. Franky Scandle, Rowan Shigeno, and Elisha Stigora placed first, second, and third respectively for the two-mile run. Jason Shoemaker, Samantha Shoemaker, and Brittany Beatty placed first, second, and third respectively for the one-mile walk. Turner Vosburgh, Alyssa Nichter, and AJ Marzzacco took home first, second, and third respectively for the kids’ one-mile race, and Maxwell Wawrzyniak, Nolan Leonhard, and Avery Miller placed first, second, and third respectively for the kids’ 200-meter dash.
Prior to parade kick-off, attendees took the chance to donate to the second annual Fill The Stocking campaign, where volunteers collected donations benefitting West Chester’s local first responders. Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce collected over $3,000 for local police, EMTs, and firefighters.
During the parade, organized by Under the Sun Production, QVC’s Dan Hughes and Carolyn Gracie and 6abc’s Adam Joseph introduced speakers, entertainers, and marching bands for the crowd. Easton Area High School band took home the Grand Champion title and $1,200 at the band competition, co-sponsored by La Difference Salon & Day Spa and CTDI, based on their music execution and general effect, marching style and presentation, and the use of color in their performance.
Approximately 40,000 people attended this year’s parade, bringing booming business to many local businesses and organizations throughout downtown West Chester.
“While we love throwing West Chester this big Christmas parade every year, it really is about getting more people in to see West Chester,” said Mark Yoder, president and CEO of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve grown from a small community to a thriving downtown, and we want to show it off and encourage parade attendees to come back for more. The QVC West Chester Christmas Parade is just one of the many things that West Chester has to offer.”
For more information on the 40th Annual QVC West Chester Christmas Parade, please contact the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce at 610-696-4046 or visit GreaterWestChester.com.