By JESS LOOMAN
WINTERSVILLE - Residents from across the county and beyond welcomed December by celebrating the annual 2013 Wintersville Christmas parade on Sunday.
CHRISTMAS?GIFTS — Members of Cub Scout Pack 415 of Starkdale Presbyterian Church dressed up as gift boxes and Disney characters Sunday during the 2013 Wintersville Christmas parade. More than 15 floats, a number of cars and a handful of dance groups lined the street for the event.
It was a picture-perfect day for area residents to get into the holiday spirit, as hundreds of participants lined up to march down Main Street from Riesbeck's to Kroger.
"The turnout today was amazing," said Wintersville Special Events committee member and parade organizer Marci Zangrando. "This is my fourth year helping with the parade, and it keeps getting better."
Members of various fire departments were on hand, as well as the Indian Creek and Catholic Central high school bands, members of Brenda Casey's School of Dance, Powers Martial Arts School students, motorcycle groups and Main Street Dance Company performers, just to name a few.
Santa Claus also was present, as he closed out the parade riding on an antique car.
"I love this parade, and everyone enjoys being a part of it," Zangrando stated. "This is the second year we have held the parade without the leadership of my mom (Dee Martin), who organized it for many years. We are keeping her legacy alive by holding this parade every year. She loved the holidays and loved parades. I think she would be proud of the overwhelming number of participants each year."
Mayor Bob Gale was impressed with the turnout.
"We had a fabulous turnout again this year," he began. "It is nice to see familiar faces from prior years as well as new faces turn out for this annual event, support their community happenings and kick off the holiday season.
"A special thanks to the Wintersville Police Department for making sure everything went smoothly. We had a great number of residents line the street again this year. I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holidays."