Valley Stream, New York 2021-12-05 12:22:53 –
Greenville, South Carolina (WSPA)-Greenville’s annual Poinsettia Christmas Parade has always been a big hit for family and friends to come and enjoy.
Some people appear hours ago to find a good place.
“I arrived here today around 2 pm,” said one audience.
But last year, it was another story after the city had to cancel it for COVID-19.
“I lost everything, Artisphere, Fall for Greenville, the parade, it was devastating,” said Lauren Ortiz, co-owner of Luna Rosa.
Ortiz says it hurt their business.
Beth Brotherton, a spokesman for the city of Greenville, says the holiday season wouldn’t have been the same without it.
“Last year, I found a few things to fill in the gaps,” Brotherton said.
This year they are back in action and Ortiz says they are excited.
“This weekend was already great. The lighting of the Christmas tree last night and what the city is doing to encourage the people coming out last night is the great people who are already starting to put out their chairs for tonight’s parade. It was, “Ortis said.
Brotherton also says that such an event can make Greenville feel like home again to many.
“These events actually bring people to the main street, take them here, and take them early. I’ve noticed that many people want to park early, but a few hours before the parade begins. What do they do? They have dinner and roam downtown, “Brother said.
“The city is running a campaign called” Shop Downtown Greenville “this month, encouraging people to go downtown and help their businesses.
We are giving away gift cards and special discounts at stores on the main street.
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