We Love A Parade

A tradition canceled is on path to be restored.

The Times Observer and the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry have agreed to partner to coordinate a Christmas Parade to “continue the tradition,” according to Times Observer Publisher Bob Patchen.

The parade is tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, the night of the annual Christmas Walk. The theme for the parade will be “Home for the Holidays.”

Patchen said he has had initial conversations with the City of Warren regarding planning for the event and will be meeting with the city’s Special Events Committee on Nov. 14.

“We’re happy to partner with the Chamber,” Patchen said. “We think this is a perfect partnership for a Christmas parade.”

The feeling is mutual.

“We are very excited to partner with the Times Observer to continue this long-standing tradition in Warren,” said Melissa Anderson, Chamber operations director.

Main Street President Dan Ristau announced last week that his organization was going to cancel the parade but proceed with other features of the Christmas Walk.

“Our whole goal is to continue the tradition of having a Christmas parade in downtown Warren,” said Patchen.

Anderson said that people in attendance can “enjoy the evening parade, attend the annual Christmas tree lighting, spend time visiting downtown businesses participating in Christmas Walk activities, and even catch a show at the Struthers Library Theatre. There is truly something for every member of the family!”

Registering and participating in the parade will be free and, additionally, any business that has an attraction or event scheduled for the night of the Christmas Walk, Patchen explained, can submit its information to the Times Observer to include in all of the event’s promotional information at no cost. A map of all events will be published in the paper on the day of the parade.

“We’re inviting the community to give us their input,” said Patchen, who can be contacted at bpatchen@timesobserver.com or 723-8200 ext. 606.

Patchen said the Times Observer and WCCBI will be accepting donations to cover the costs of the event, with any excess funds above and beyond the costs of the parade to be donated to non-profit organizations that participate in the event.

“This is a family event so children can see Santa,” said Patchen. “We want families to have memories around downtown Warren. We hope to restore the Christmas parade to its former glory.”

“We certainly encourage all community members and organizations to join us in ringing in the holiday season in Warren,” Anderson added. “This is a great way for people to experience downtown Warren at its finest.”