There will be a little extra twinkle in communities around the Tri-State Area this week, as parades are held to herald the Christmas season.
Parades offer the opportunity for families and friends to gather and celebrate the season and give communities a chance to really show themselves off. They feature floats, marching bands and dance troupes and help to make the season special.
Of course, each parade helps to welcome Santa Claus, which helps to keep the holiday magic alive.
The area's Christmas parade season begins at 4 p.m. Friday when Wellsburg holds its annual event on Charles Street.
Weirton's parade will be a night event this year. It is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday and will follow its traditional Main Street route. Frank P. Layman Boulevard in Wintersville, meanwhile, will be the location for the village's annual parade at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Dec. 1 will see parades in Chester beginning at 2 p.m., Wells Township at 3 p.m., Toronto's traditional night event beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the Cadiz parade starting at 6 p.m.
The Eastern Gateway Community College Sights and Sounds and Sounds of Christmas parade will make Steubenville's Fourth Street come to life at noon on Dec. 8. Rich Donnelly, a city native who has had a long career in professional baseball, including a stint as a coach with the Pittsburgh Pirates, will serve as grand marshal.
Also on Dec. 8, the Christmas in Villes parade will take place in Yorkville, Tiltonsville and Rayland and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Adena's annual holiday parade is set for 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9.
This list of area parades, while not in any way complete, offers a representative sampling of some of the good things our communities have to offer this holiday season. We hope you will take some time to enjoy an area parade and share some holiday cheer.