Again this year, Chester County’s largest hometown parade, the Coatesville Christmas Parade, takes place on the historic Lincoln Highway on December 3, 2022 at 10 a.m. Brought back to life in the 1950s, the parade has been a tradition ever since. 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 showing off their custom-built tanks.
This year’s presenting sponsor is Cleveland-Cliffs, a sheet steel production plant in Coatesville. The refines over 450 different steel chemistries and, with the Conshohocken plant located just 33 miles away, produces some of the widest, thickest and heaviest steel plate in the industry. Cliffs now operates the plant formerly known as Lukens Steel Company.
“We are thrilled and thrilled to support this annual holiday event that brings our community together around a tradition that our hometown holds dear,” said Troy Graver, COO of Coatesville. “With over 600 employees at our sheet steel production facility, family and community are very important to us in Cleveland-Cliffs, and we pride ourselves on our work with our neighbors to support a healthy and vibrant community. »
This year’s Platinum Sleigh sponsor is Penn Medicine.
“Chester County Hospital and Lancaster General Health Parkesburg are part of Penn Medicine. With doctors, programs, services and sites in West Chester County, we offer a range of inpatient, outpatient medical and surgical services so you can maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Debbie Wertz, Ambulatory Operations Manager, Penn Medicine Lancaster General. Health Parkesburg.
“Chester County Hospital is committed to serving the community of Coatesville. Together with Lancaster General Health, our teams stand ready to provide the western quadrant of Chester County with exceptional clinical services and programs aimed at keeping its residents healthy,” said Chester County Hospital CEO, Michael Duncan.
This year’s Grand Marshal is The Krapf Group, a family-owned transportation company established in 1942 by George Krapf, Jr., to provide student transportation for local municipalities. Initially operating with two school buses, the company has grown and expanded, not only in size, but also in scope and diversity.
This hometown parade has become a treasured keepsake for families in the Coatesville area and throughout Chester County. This event touches the hearts and memories of residents around the world, as it is now livestreamed with viewing available after the airdate.
Mummers, Sixers Stixers, local elementary, middle and high school groups, Cubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies are scheduled to perform this year. There will also be dance academies, cheerleading groups, hip-hop dancers and baton twirlers. Not to be missed are the always larger-than-life cartoon characters. A car contest featuring vintage, classic and modified cars will compete for prizes. Another competition is for the best fire apparatus, with the expectation that all local fire companies in Western Chester County will be represented. Chester County Police Department will be competing for the best appearing police vehicle.
The Best Appearing Tank contest sponsored by a non-profit organization has prizes of $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place. There is also a best float sponsored by a for-profit organization. They fight over bragging rights. Finally, there will be a contest for the best appearing group. Note that all competitions are for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
Bringing up the parade will be none other than the big man himself, Santa Claus, aboard a Coatesville Fire Department truck. Free entry.
Visit the parade at CoatesvilleChristmasParade.com for more information.
This year’s parade is made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors: Alliance for Health Equity, Beaver Creek Tavern, Belfor, Breuninger Insurance, Brian Hoskins Ford, Coatesville Country Club, Coatesville Marriott, Chester County Economic Development Council, Citadel, City of Coatesville, Cleveland-Cliffs, CTDI, Edge Wallboard, Episcopal Church of the Trinity, GA Vietri, James Terry Funeral Homes, The Polish American Citizens Club, PA American Water, PECO, Penn Medicine – Chester County Hospital, Penn Medicine – Lancaster General Health/ Parkesburg, Presence Bank, S&T Bank, ServPro of Kennett/Oxford, Stewart Huston Charitable Trust, The Williams Group, Top Notch Builders, WAWA and Wegmans.
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