Jamestown Harmony Express Opening Parade

“Jamestown’s Snowball Express” Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration, sponsored by The Resource Center and Lutheran Jamestown, will kick off with a performance by the Jamestown Harmony Express Barbershoppers ensemble. Taking the stage at 6 p.m. at Tracy Plaza, the group will present an embracing program featuring holiday favorites.

Jamestown Harmony Express is celebrating their 27th year of Barbershopping in the Jamestown area featuring 34 members ranging in age from 16 to 90. Each year they perform two major concerts, their Annual Show and their Gospel Concert. The chorus also gives many singouts in the area for festivals, churches, nursing homes, retirement centers, and other functions. The chorus has traveled and competed in the Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio; performed at the Lawrence Welk Center in Branson, Mo.; and was invited to London, England for the New Year’s Day Parade in 2002. Jamestown Harmony Express was invited to Washington, D.C. for the 2013 National Festival of the States and Gettysburg, Pa. this summer for the 150th Commemoration of the Civil War.

Chorus meetings, rehearsals, and special events are currently held at The First Presbyterian Church on a weekly basis. For additional information, upcoming shows, to join the chorus, or to book the ensemble or quartet, visit www.harmonyexpress.com or call the Barbershop Hotline at 789-5248.

“The parade has taken on a nostalgic feel and we are excited to incorporate this form of a cappella entertainment to complement this signature event,” said Tiffani Conti, JRC event and programming associate. “We anticipate a wonderful, interactive show parade-goers will remember for years to come.”

Lineup for “Jamestown’s Snowball Express” Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration, sponsored by The Resource Center and Lutheran Jamestown, will begin promptly at 5 p.m. on Third Street between Monroe Avenue and Hallock Street, with the parade stepping off at 6:30 p.m. and traveling east on Third Street to Tracy Plaza. The parade will conclude by 8 p.m.

Businesses and organizations may also sponsor a trophy for $25. There will be eight different trophy categories for the parade in 2013 including Best Theme Related parade unit, Best Animal, Best Business, Best Civic/Not-for-Profit, Best Youth Involvement, Most Creative, Best All Around, and Crowd Favorite. Trophies are sponsored in part by Albro Advertising, Allied Fire Protection & Local Union 669, Artone, Care Givers, Casella Waste Services of Jamestown, Dependable Tow and Recovery, Jamestown Business College, Jamestown Community College Student Senate, Jamestown ICE and Storage, LC Marketing & Friends, Learning Disabilities Association of WNY, Lisa P’s Kreative T’s and More, Painting Unlimited of Jamestown, Inc., and Pepsi Beverage Company.

Additional support for the annual parade is provided by the City of Jamestown and its various departments, including Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Public Safety, and the Board of Public Utilities, The Jamestown Gateway Train Station and Casella Waste Services.

More information on “Jamestown’s Snowball Express” Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration will be available at www.jamestownrenaissance.org and the JRC’s Facebook page as it becomes available.