WCCBI To Hold Virtual Christmas Shoe Box Parade on Dec. 4

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WARREN, Pa. – There will still be a Christmas parade in Warren County this year, just with a different twist. 

Savannah Casey, Administrative Assistant with the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry, came up with the idea for a virtual ‘Shoe Box Parade,’ after collaborating with other counties. 

“Another county was trying to figure out ways to do a virtual parade,” Casey said. “It was a collaborative effort. I know other counties have done it, so we just decided to piggyback off of that.”

The event will take place on Friday, Dec. 4, highlighting businesses and organizations in Warren County. 

Participating businesses will create a shoe box sized Christmas float for entry. 

Casey noted that the number of businesses signed up to participate actually outnumbers their actual parade floats from previous years. 

“That’s really cool,” said WCCBI Director of Chamber Operations and Tourism John Papalia. “You get new participation and it keeps something alive in a year where a lot of things have gone by the wayside.”

There will be a ‘People’s Choice Award’ for shoe box float, as well as Santa Clause.

“We’ll have Santa, but keep things distanced,” Papalia said. “We’re going to be as safe as we can be, but have some fun.”

Video of the parade will be shown during the 2020 Christmas Walk on Liberty St. in Warren. 

“We’ve had a lot of partners for us to get this done, so we definitely appreciate the support of everybody,” Casey said. 

Those wishing to participate can contact Casey at [email protected] or by phone at 814-723-3050.