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Weirton Christmas parade planning proceeds

WEIRTON — The Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce is planning to, once again, usher in the holiday season with plans for this year’s Christmas parade to be held Nov. 28.

Chamber President Brenda Mull explained, while details have not been finalized, chamber officials wanted to move forward with plans for the parade, which always is held the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

“It’s taken us a while to decide,” Mull said, noting the chamber has been in contact with the Hancock County Health Department for guidance on what measures need to be taken as a result of COVID. So far, no precautions have been announced by the state when it comes to parades. “We have not heard anything.”

This year’s parade will feature a theme of “WEIR Coming Together,” and will have a live television broadcast.

In order to cut down on potential crowd sizes lining Main Street, the chamber is encouraging residents to consider staying at home and watching the parade on television this year.

While the parade is in the works, Mull said some of the traditional festivities have been scaled back or eliminated for the year, with no ice sculptures or live ice carving demonstration planned. Participants in the parade also will not be permitted to distrubute candy, toys, pamphlets or other materials.

There also won’t be any judging of parade entries, so participants will not be stopping at any point along the route.

Mull said applications have been sent to all previous parade participants, and anyone with questions are encouraged to call the chamber.

“We’re currently working on sponsorships for the parade and fireworks,” Mull said.

Additional details will be released at a later time.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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