We love a community Christmas parade

There are few things in our lives that can take our minds off of the many troubles we face in our day-to-day world better than a Christmas parade.

It’s impossible to see the smiling faces of all of the participants and not get caught up in the holiday spirit. From the musicians in area bands who proudly march down the streets in their school colors while playing holiday tunes, to dancing schools and homecoming queens; from the lights and sirens of fire trucks, ambulances and police vehicles to members of local service organizations; from the local businesses who show their support for our communities to the arrival of Santa Claus himself, Christmas parades offer our area a chance to shine.

Parade season in the Tri-State Area begins at 4 p.m. Friday, when Wellsburg’s annual event is held, with members of the community invited to gather in the town square afterward.

Weirton’s annul parade, once again coordinated by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, and will follow its traditional route along Main Street. The parade will cap a day of festivities that will include the return of ice sculptures, which will be featured in the downtown area. Of course, fireworks will mark the end of the evening.

Main Street in Wintersville will come to life with the sights and sounds of the holiday when the village’s annual parade is held beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Dec. 1 is a busy day for parades through the region. Chester’s parade will begin at 3 p.m.; Toronto’s annual parade, which is presented by Focus in Toronto, will begin at 5:30 p.m.; and the annual Cadiz parade will begin at 6 p.m. The Wells Township parade will begin at 3 p.m. Dec. 2.

Downtown Steubenville will come to life at noon Dec. 8 when this year’s edition of the Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic Parade travels down Fourth Street. Eastern Gateway Community College again will serve as the title sponsor of the annual spectacle. Those who attend will be able to stay downtown after the parade and visit the Advent Market and Nutcracker Village at Historic Fort Steuben.

Other communities around the Tri-State Area will celebrate the season in many ways during the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Parades bring our communities together. They require almost a year of planning and countless hours of preparation by volunteers, those who build floats and those who organize participants. Also critical is the cooperation among community officials and safety forces, whose efforts ensure all goes way the day of the event.

We hope you will join us in getting into the holiday spirit by attending a Christmas parade this year.

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