Thousand of spectators watched over 120 units march down Lincoln Highway during the 2015 Coatesville Christmas Parade in Coatesville Pennsylvania on Saturday December 5th.
This year, in honor of the City of Coatesville’s 100th anniversary of its incorporation as a city, the Parade invited all of Coatesville’s Centenarians to join Chester Country’s largest hometown parade down the Lincoln Highway. Also honored this year were 2015 inductees to the Coatesville High Sports Hall of Fame.
Featured performers were the US Bands State Champion Coatesville High School "Red Raider" Marching Band, Avalon, Duffy, Polish American and Quaker City String bands. Also appearing were the Lukens Band, the Eagles Pep Band, and the Chester County Emerald Society Pipe Band. Mascots included Screwball and Blooper from the Reading Phillies, "Reggie The Purple Party Dude,” and a group of present and former Coatesville High School mascot "Chief Red Raider" and braves.
Local elementary, middle and high school groups, cub scouts, and girl scouts all marched down the 1.5 mile parade route. There were dance academies, cheerleading groups, dancers and baton twirlers.
An automotive competition featuring Antique, Classic and Modified autos was held. Other competitions were for Best Appearing Fire Apparatus, and Chester County police departments competed for Best Appearing Police Vehicle.
The competition for Best Appearing Float sponsored by a non-profit organization featured 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 competed for bragging rights and a plaque. Lastly, there was a competition for Best Appearing Group.
Bringing up the rear of the parade was none other than Santa Claus, riding on a Coatesville Fire Department truck.
There is not entry fee to participate in the parade, but the money needed to fund the Parade is raised from donations by individuals, businesses, and organizations in the Chester County area. Please support our fundraising events held throughout the year. Or contact us for information on how to donate, or for sponsorship opportunities. Or click on the link at the top of this page and donate online using most credit cards or PayPal account.
Please mark your calendars for the 2016 edition of the Coatesville Christmas Parade on Saturday December 3rd.
See you there!