COATESVILLE – Chester County’s largest hometown parade, the Coatesville Christmas Parade will take place on December 3, 2022 along the historic Lincoln Highway. Originally a community project in the 1950s, the parade was then taken over by the Jaycees in the 1970s. but the leadership dissolved a decade later. In the early 1990s, a group of former Jaycees, along with other members of the Coatesville community and with the support of the Stewart Huston Charitable Trust and the City of Coatesville, missed the spectacle and sense of community that inspired the parade and decided it was about time was to revive the parade tradition. Last year, more than 160 entries graced the Lincoln Highway, from dancers twirling their batons, to fleets of tow trucks, police cars and fire engines, to local contractors parading their custom floats. The Coatesville Christmas Parade packs a punch.
“We are excited and excited to support this annual holiday event that brings our community together for a cherished hometown tradition. With over 600 employees at our steel plate manufacturing facility, family and community are very important to us in Cleveland-Cliffs, and we take pride in working with our neighbors to support a healthy and vibrant community,” said Troy Graver, General Manager, Coatesville-Cliffs Surgery.
This hometown parade has become a cherished remembrance for families in the Coatesville area and throughout the Chester County area. This event is now reaching the hearts and memories of Coatesvillians around the world as it is now streamed live (and available to watch after the run date) on CoatesvilleChristmasParade.com.
This year will feature Mummers bands, the Sixers Stixers, local elementary, middle and high school groups, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies. There will also be dance academies, cheerleading groups, hip hop dancers and baton rolls. Not to be missed are the larger than life cartoon characters that always please a show. An automobile competition featuring antique, classic and modified cars will compete for prizes. Another competition is for the best looking fire apparatus, with the expectation that all of the local fire service companies in Western Chester County will be represented. Chester County Police Departments compete for the best appearing police vehicle.
The Best Appearing Car competition, sponsored by a non-profit organization, offers prizes of $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. There is also a Best Appearing Float sponsored by a for-profit organization. They compete for the rights of boasting. Finally there will be a competition for the best appearing group. Note that all competitions have first, second and third place prizes.
Bringing up the rear of the parade is none other than the great man himself, Santa Claus, riding a Coatesville Fire Department truck. And best of all: Admission is free.
This year’s presenting sponsor is Cleveland-Cliffs. “Cleveland-Cliffs is a steel plate manufacturing facility located in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, about 40 miles west of Philadelphia. This strategic location in eastern Pennsylvania allows for easy freeway and rail access. The plant produces steel from scrap in an Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) and is capable of producing approximately 800,000 tons of crude steel annually. The Coatesville facility upgrades more than 450 different steel chemicals and, together with the Conshohocken facility just 33 miles away, produces some of the widest, thickest and heaviest steel plate in the industry,” according to their information. Cliffs now operates the plant formerly known as Lukens Steel Company.
This year’s Platinum Sleigh sponsor is Penn Medicine. “Chester County Hospital and Lancaster General Health Parkesburg are part of Penn Medicine. With physicians, programs, services and locations throughout western Chester County, we offer a range of inpatient, outpatient medical and surgical services to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Debbie Wertz, Manager, Ambulatory Operations, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health parkesburg Chester County Hospital is committed to serving the Coatesville community. Together with Lancaster General Health, our teams stand ready to provide Chester County’s West Quadrant with exceptional clinical services and programs designed to preserve the health of its residents,” said Michael Duncan, CEO of Chester County Hospital.
The sponsor spots are filling up fast with some proven Coatesville supporters already on the train. Special thanks to early bird sponsors including Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., Penn Medicine (including Chester County Hospital and Lancaster General Health Parkesburg), PECO, Presence Bank, The Alliance for Health Equity, Breuninger Insurance, Wegman’s, Edge Wallboard Machinery , GA Vietri , Inc., James J. Terry Funeral Home, Inc., The City of Coatesville, The Williams Group and many others.
For sponsorship information, please call Robert Williams at 610-888-3719.