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Youngstown will bring back holiday parade

Published: Fri, November 20, 2009 @ 5:35 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — After a lengthy absence, the Downtown Youngstown Holiday Parade returns Dec. 5.

Organizers aren’t expecting a huge crowd for the parade, but anticipate it growing in popularity in years to come.

“It’s not going to be a big grandiose thing, but we want to get it started again and bring people downtown,” said Councilman John R. Swierz, D-7th, and the chairman of First Night Youngstown’s parade committee. “We don’t have major expectations, but we want to get it started and help it grow in future years.”

The city and First Night are cosponsoring the parade.

The last Youngstown Holiday Parade [then known as the Youngstown Christmas Parade] was held in the early 1990s, Swierz said.

At the time, downtown had lost many of its stores and “interest waned” for the annual parade that began in the 1940s, Swierz said.

The parade attracted 50,000 to 60,000 annually in the mid-1950s, according to Vindicator files.

The parade steps off Andrews Avenue about 3 p.m. and goes to East Federal Street before ending on the city’s Central Square.

The city’s Christmas tree on the Central Square will be lit about 4:30 p.m.

For the complete story, read Saturday’s Vindicator or Vindy.com


1kids2028(87 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

YES, Jesus is the Reason for the '
We need to put Christmas back in
Everything and bring the Manger back.

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2SteveDee(9 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

It's CHRISTMAS Youngstown!!!! And I'm sure 99% of the people in would agree. For the ones that don't agree crawl back into your bug infested hole!

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3UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Let's call it what it is "Christmas Parade". Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus Christ so let's honor God with the correct name for this parade. If you don't like the name Christmas then maybe you should find another Non-Christian country to line in. Just like the student who doesn't want to say the pledge, these folks need to leave this great country and go elsewhere.

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4digitgal(11 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

IIRC, it was known as the Santa Claus Parade, so it was more about honoring materialism than honoring God.

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5Ytownboy(142 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

I agree that it should be Christmas; however, we shouldn't forget the Christmas pine tree has its roots in pagan religion. Hanging the mistletoe and Yule logs are also rooted in pagan ceremonies.

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6motownj(1 comment)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

It warms my heart to see all of the good Christian folks being so tolerant, forgiving, and accepting. Let's hear it for "peace on earth" and "goodwill towards men"!!!

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7Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Nope, not surprised to see ignorant comments on a Vindy post like this, especially when the parade is to be inclusive of our Jewish residents as well as those who observe their own holidays this time of year.

As for AlwaysHope, no one is taking away your right to celebrate Christmas. Make a damned float for the parade and put Christmas all over it. But don't be a nasty ignorant troll and tell others they have to as well, or that their religion isn't as good or right as yours.

This is why no one will move to this area. Because of people like you.

Goodwill towards all men, indeed, Motownj. In this part of the redneck woods of Ohio, there's no goodwill at all. Too many narrow-minded people who think everyone should think and do as they do.

This place will die because of them.

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8Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

yeah, well, majority sentiment doesn't mean the right sentiment. at one time, the majority of people felt slavery was all fine and good too.

and no, i will not move. i will stay and work for change against the narrowness of mind displayed here.

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9cambridge(4052 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Seems like most of the people posting here are using the season to celebrate hate. It ought to be a great parade. I'm sure you all will be exchanging gunfire instead of gifts.

"....and to all a good night."

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