Date(s) - 12/05/2014 - 09/20/2017
6:30 pm - 12:46 pm
Downtown West Chester, PA
QVC, Inc. will share a dose of old-fashioned holiday cheer with the nation by broadcasting live from the 35th Annual Mars Drinks Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade Presented by QVC on Friday, December 5 in West Chester, PA. The company, including eight QVC program hosts, will be a major presence at what USA TODAY deemed one of the Top 10 places to see Santa Claus.
At 6:30 p.m. hundreds of runners dressed in creative holiday garb will vie for cash prizes and the honor of being awarded the best elf-costume prize as they compete in the 6th annual Jingle Elf Run to benefit West Chester’s volunteer Fame Fire Company. Registrants receive Jingle Elf hats to keep their ears warm for the 2-mile run or 1-mile walk along the parade route.
High School Marching Bands Compete for $5,000!
More than a dozen high school marching bands will vie for a trophy and $5,000 in prize money, plus an additional $500 Fan Favorite award, all sponsored by Univest Bank and Trust. The 2013 Grand Champion, Royersford’s Spring-Ford High, will lead the parade as Honor Band, followed by bands from West Chester’s Henderson and Rustin; Avon Grove, Downingtown, Bishop Shanahan, Owen J. Roberts, Chichester, Octorara and Daniel Boone Area High Schools, Jackson Liberty, Marple Newtown, Springfield (DelCo), Pottsgrove and A.I. DuPont.
QVC Program Host Albany Irvin will provide live commentary for the QVC broadcast. QVC Program Hosts Nancy Hornback and Alberti Popaj will emcee the pre-parade festivities, and Carolyn Gracie and Dan Hughes (pictured right) will join 6abc’s Adam Joseph to emcee the parade starting at 7:15 pm. The parade will also feature QVC Program Hosts Mary Beth Roe, Kerstin Lindquist and Courtney Cason.
Parade attendees can visit QVC’s Holiday Village (located within the Holiday Festival on North High Street) to enjoy free Cheryl’s Cookies while being serenaded by the QVC Singers. There will also be opportunities for parade-goers to share their favorite holiday memories with Program Host Jennifer Coffey to be aired during portions of QVC’s Christmas Day programming.