Holiday events to remain separate

JOHNSTOWN – Officials have decided not to schedule the annual holiday parade and the city’s Colonial Stroll on the same day in December, since preparations for the parade already have begun.

But officials may look at scheduling the two events on the same day in 2014.

The city’s Tourism/Special Events Committee last spring discussed the possibility of combining the events. The panel said in April it would see if the privately funded Classic Image Johnstown Holiday Parade could be paired with the city’s annual Colonial Stroll to make one full day of holiday activities downtown in December.

The parade – funded through donations – is usually conducted in November and organized by Karen Coppola.

But tourism committee Chairwoman Helen Martin said Tuesday that it would not be held with the Colonial Stroll, at least this year.

“Karen Coppola, who orchestrates the parade, has already organized the event,” Martin said.

She said the committee may look into 2014 as the year when the two events could be combined into one day.

City Clerk Cathy VanAlstyne said Tuesday the Classic Image Johnstown Holiday Parade is already set for Nov. 15, and the Colonial Stroll is scheduled for Dec. 6.

Martin said no date has been set for the next meeting of the Johnstown Tourism/Special Events Committee. She said she hopes to schedule a meeting for July.

But Martin said recently the committee has been putting together a list of city events and a summer-events schedule was slated to be printed.

“We had decided previously to focus on a few key events even though our list of ideas is very large,” she said.

Among those future events would be a small Halloween costume parade for children.

The tourism committee previously indicated it had several ideas for future events in the city, such as movie and game nights in the downtown park, a food festival, a winter carnival with ice and snow sculpture contests, birdhouse contest, history scavenger hunt, Easter egg hunt, Spring Fling Market, and window painting.

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