The West Chester Old Fashion Christmas Parade has been ranked “one of the top ten places to experience the arrival of Santa Claus during the holiday season” according to USA TODAY!
When: Friday, December 6th
Where: Downtown West Chester
5th Annual Jingle Elf Run at 6:30pm
Parade begins at 7:15pm
Santa Arrives 8:45-9:00pm!!!
QVC SHINES A NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT ON WEST CHESTER DURING THE MARS DRINKS OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS PARADE PRESENTED BY QVC
West Chester, PA – November 26, 2013 –QVC, Inc. will be a major presence at this year’s Mars Drinks Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade Presented by QVC, on Friday, December 6 in West Chester, PA, “one of the top ten places to experience the arrival of Santa Claus during the holiday season” according to USA TODAY.
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Hosted by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce since 1976, the parade is a colorful and musical celebration of spectacular floats, high school and college marching bands that follows a one-mile loop through the heart of West Chester’s historic district, culminating with the much-anticipated arrival of Santa. It has grown to become one of the most popular events in the region, averaging approximately 35,000 spectators annually.
For the first time, the parade will be shared with viewers across the country through QVC’s live broadcast. QVC Program Host Albany Irvin will be on site providing live commentary for the QVC broadcast. QVC will also be capturing additional video content of the evening’s festivities to be aired Christmas Day. “QVC brings an exciting energy to the parade and we are delighted by this opportunity to showcase our community to the nation,” says Mark Yoder, President Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. QVC is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer, reaching more than 106 million viewers in the US.
“West Chester is home to QVC’s global headquarters, and we take pride in supporting our community,” says Paul Capelli, Vice President Corporate Communications and Community Affairs. “The parade is all about connecting with family, friends and neighbors and we look forward to broadcasting live from the event and featuring footage as part of our QVC Christmas-day programming.”
QVC program hosts Carolyn Gracie and Dan Hughes will be two of the emcees of the parade, which starts at 7:15 pm, joined by 6ABC’s Adam Joseph. QVC hosts Sharon Faetsch and Mary Beth Roe will be part of the parade along with the QVC Singers who will be performing throughout the evening. Visitors can meet and greet popular QVC hosts at QVC’s Holiday Village (located on North High Street) while being serenaded by the QVC Singers and enjoying tasty, free Cheryl’s Cookies and QVC Studio Tour Passes. Title Sponsor MARS Drinks of North America will provide delicious hot chocolate!
The fun gets underway at 5:30 with performances throughout West Chester. At 6:30, the 5th annual “Jingle Elf Run/Walk,” sponsored by ESC Janitorial and Maintenance to benefit the West Chester University Alumni Dance Chapter, kicks off. Registrants receive Jingle Elf hats to keep their ears warm for the 2-mile run or 1-mile walk along the parade route, with awards for creative holiday outfits and a cash prize for best elf costume.
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation(NASDAQ:LINTA), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 290 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and a joint venture in China. West Chester, Pa.-based QVC has shipped more than a billion packages in its 26-year history and the company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.