Santa makes his way to Steubenville parade

STEUBENVILLE – A little bit of snow, blue skies, bands playing Christmas music and a waving Santa Claus were all it took for a couple thousand people at the city’s annual parade Saturday to get into the holiday mood.

Ninety units participated in the Eastern Gateway Community College Sights and Sounds of Christmas Parade.

“It is the right thing to do at the right time. It is Christmas, a time of giving,” said college President Laura Meeks.

“We are so grateful to the community for giving to us. We work hard to give back to the students and the community,” she said.

Veterans were honored as the grand marshals, with several military organizations participating at the beginning of the parade.

Judy Bratten of the Steubenville Visitors Center said there was “wonderful cooperation with everyone involved in the parade. She said she was worried about the snow and ice Friday evening but the skies cleared in time for the event.

“There was just enough snow to give the Christmas spirit,” she said.

Jerry Barilla of Historic Fort Steuben worked to get the units ready for the parade down Fourth Street.

“I’m extremely happy the parade went as planned and we had great weather. It is a joyous time to see the community come together at a special time of the year. It brings people together to say ‘hi’ to each other,” Barilla said.

Children with parents and grandparents lined the sidewalks along Fourth Street. Kids were busy scooping up the treats handed out and thrown from the floats.

Alfred Carducci of Steubenville said he liked the candy the best. John Sidoriak of Steubenville said he liked the bands because of the music. Amy Carducci of Steubenville came down to the parade because her daughter is in the Harding Middle School band. Emma Jenkins of Steubenville wanted to see Santa Claus.

Angelina Nolan of Mingo Junction particularly liked the performance by the Brenda Casey Dancers, who performed at Fourth and Market streets prior to the parade beginning.

Vickie Lassan of Follansbee said she enjoys the spirit the parade brings.

“I enjoy seeing the kids come out and have a good time and parents supporting them,” she said. “That is what it is all about.”

The parade featured marching bands from Harding Middle School and Weir, Steubenville and Catholic Central high schools.

Some of the featured floats included the Grand Theater, Historic Fort Steuben, Herald-Star with the Ohio Valley Harmonizers and Eastern Gateway Community College.

Santa Claus, of course, finished up the parade waving to all the good boys and girls.

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