Cheyenne Christmas Parade and Shop Small Saturday noted as great success!



28TH ANNUAL CHEYENNE CHRISTMAS PARADE

Saturday, November 24, 2018 was indeed full of holly and cheer, as crowds lined the streets by 5:30 p.m. in Downtown Cheyenne for the 28th Annual Cheyenne Christmas

Parade! Over over a hundred floats arrived, many of which proudly displaying the theme of "Christmas Around the World", as they passed bundled up parade die-hard attendees, despite the cold conditions and busy time of year.

Following the parade, the community gathered with Santa and the honorable Mayor Marian Orr at the City of Cheyenne Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Depot Plaza, followed by the first annual special ribbon cutting launching the downtown holiday activities, to include the return of the Downtown Ice Rink, hosted by the Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority.


Interested in getting involved next year!? There's always plenty of opportunity throughout the year to get involved, so please feel free to contact the Cheyenne Chamber at 307-638-3388! Volunteering opportunities begin as early as August, and have no limit!

The community is also welcome to participate in the annual theme selection, which takes place each July, keep an eye out for more details!

SHOP SMALL Not only did folks brave the cold weather to share in the magic of our annual parade,

businesses were packed with excited customers as they participated in the American Express annual Shop Small Business Saturday (always the Saturday following Thanksgiving).

"Millions of shoppers came together to show their support for small, independently owned businesses this Small Business Saturday,” said Elizabeth Rutledge, Chief Marketing Officer at American Express. “The Shop Small movement has become a national celebration – people all around the country are turning out to back the small businesses that make our neighborhoods and communities thrive.”

Based on initial reports, records were set with the national total estimated spending this

year at independent retailers came in at $17.8 billion. 2018 was also a record year for the Cheyenne community, with as over 82 businesses participated in some manner throughout the event.

SPECIAL THANK YOU'S

The holiday season is not complete without the compassion of our community. Between supporting local businesses and giving time, effort, or money to our community events, we are continually shown the warmth and generosity of our community. We would be remiss if we did not thank each volunteer, organization and sponsor for their incredible efforts in the matter! A special thank you, as well, to the following organizations:

Spradley Barr Motors for stepping up to the plate again to ensure this parade is an annual success.

Cheyenne Motorsports for their continued support in putting on the parade and through the generous use of machines to get us all over the parade route each year.

Woodhouse Roden Nethercott, LLC for the generous hosting of the annual viewing party, and doing a splendid job, we'd like to add!

Wal-Mart 1315/4653 for their grants toward the community tradition, as well as the donation of time and effort from their employees, which was matched by a corporate donation to the event!

The volunteers and organizations who braved the cold to be a part of this long standing tradition! We look forward to seeing you next year!


More information on the parade is available at CheyenneChristmasParade.com



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