The Coatesville Christmas Parade, a holiday classic on Dec. 2, starts at 10 AM at Strode Avenue and Lincoln Highway, and ends at the performing and judging area at 11th Avenue and Lincoln Highway.
More than 125 entries will grace Lincoln Highway, from dancers swirling their batons to local contractors showing off their custom-crafted floats.
The making of the floats is a tradition that local business people embrace as well. Mark Milanese of Milanese Remodeling recalls his days with the parade.
“Our kids grew up with the parade being part of our family holiday tradition,” he said. “Preparing the float could become a chore during an already hectic season. A lot of times the temperatures in our warehouse were well below freezing, as we worked the night before the parade to transform our trucks and trailers into a float with a theme.
“But it was all worth it to see the kids – and the young at heart – smile, wave, and cheer for us, as we walked from bridge to bridge on the Main Street of Coatesville.”
Parade president and local businessman Sam Radziviliuk is proud of this mega event.
“Our committee is made up totally of volunteers, who will literally start planning the next Christmas Parade the moment this one is over,” he said. “All year long, they organize activities like the Golf Outing, the Jingle Bowl, the Summer Sizzle Dance Party, and other projects to help us raise money to pay for the parade. We also receive financial support from the community and some very generous sponsors.”