The 40th Annual Rick Drew Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting - Daily Hudson Valley News

The 40th Annual Rick Drew Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

Dec 13th, 2011 | By | Category: In Your Town

Sunday was full of events going on in Port Jervis, the Tri-State Annual Rick Drew Holiday Parade there was the lighting of the Rick Drew Memorial Christmas tree located in Heroes Park. The members of Engine Company Excelsior #5 always decorate and coordinate the event in honor of one of their members. This year was no exception, Carol Drew, Nicole Drew, the wife and daughter of Rick continued the annual tradition of lighting the tree. Mayor Potter was on hand to welcome the guests and their families. Hot chocolate, coffee and light refreshments were served after the festivities at the fire house.

PJ Hook and Ladder

Parade Chairman, Thomas McCarron with Port Jervis Hook & Ladder – Best Decorated Emergency Vehicle.

Tri State Chamber

Tri State Chamber of Commerce’s Elves: Sarah Cuellar, Judy Rudy & Tickerbell

The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce was proud to present the Trophy Winners from our 40th Annual Rick Drew Holiday Parade held on Sunday, starting in Port Jervis and ending in the Matamoras Firehouse:

Most Spirited Animal Participation
Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark

Best Appearing Musical Unit
Broome Street Traveling All Stars

Most Original
1st Place – Montague Recreation
2nd Place – Matamoras Ladies Auxiliary

Largest Participation
Heart of PA Girl Scouts

Best Decorated Emergency Vehicle
1st Place – Port Jervis Hook & Ladder
2nd Place – Westfall Fire Department

Best Appearing Walking Group
1st Place – Children’s Safe Stay Daycare & Girl Scout Troops
2nd Place – Cub Scout Group 67

Best Appearing Musical Holiday Float
1st Place – Tri-State Chamber of Commerce
2nd Place – Heart of PA Girl Scouts

Best All Around Holiday Theme
1st Place – PA Troop 2
2nd Place – Orange County Dairy Devils 4H Club

Best Overall Unit
Heart of the Hudson Girl Scouts

It was a beautiful day for the 40th Annual Parade and children and adults lined the streets in Port Jervis and Matamoras to see the parade and Santa!  The Tri-State Chamber would like to thank the City of Port Jervis, the Borough of Matamoras, the Police and Fire Departments, the Salvation Army, the Matamoras Firehouse for your generous support of the Parade.  We hope to see you all next year.  Happy Holidays from your friends at the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce.

Marlu Costumed Characters with children & TSCC’s Executive Director, Charlene Trotter

The Tri-State Chamber would alos like to extend thanks to their generous Sponsors:

Diamond – TD BANK
Platinum – Driving Excellence Auto + Atlas Security Services
Gold  – Orange & Rockland Utilities + Life Track Program
Silver – Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home + Robert Schultz, CPA
Trophy Sponsors – Bavoso, Plotsky & Onofry + Nancy Wolff’s Gifts + ERA Meloi Realty + 57 Thrift + Double “M” Vending + Paul M. Brislin, E.A. + Robert Schultz, CPA + Access Physical Therapy & Wellness
Chamber Float Sponsors – Marlu Costumes + Kean’s Moving & Storage +  YMCA Camp + Neversink Lumber + Port Jervis Automall + V. Baras Architects, PC + Sherwin Williams + Robert Schultz, CPA
Donut Sponsor – Atlas Security Services + Homer’s Coffee Shop
Hot Chocolate Sponsor  – The Salvation Army, Port Jervis
Costume Sponsor  – Marlu Costumes
Banner Sponsor – V. Baras Architects, PC
Tent Sponsor – Smith Party Tents
Media Sponsors – Bold Gold Media + FOX Radio + Pike County Dispatch + The River Reporter
Parade Committee  – Thomas McCarron, Chairman + Judy Westdyke Rudy + David Claisse + Robert Schultz + Sarah Cuellar +  Bob “Papa” Westdyke + Tom Welch + Denise Dougherty + Terry Reilly + Robie Mackerley +  Marion Durrwachter + Charlene Trotter

2011 Parade Grand Marshall George Belcher, Charlene Trotter Executive Director

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