Santa, Mrs. Claus visit Brilliant

BRILLIANT – Red noses went along with the red Santa Claus hats worn by the Buckeye Local High school Marching Band members, elementary pupils and others taking part in the Wells Township Recreation Department’s annual Christmas parade held Saturday afternoon.

North Elementary School Principal Susan Nolan was getting pupils from the school snuggled into blankets to ride in a float that told of Santa Claus’ arrival on Dec. 24.

The Heavenly Health float of Tiltonsville had Sesame Street characters, with Cookie Monster carrying a big chocolate chip cookie to munch, and the Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio, Steubenville Lodge 45, had a float with a Christmas tree. They had just come from the Steubenville Christmas parade.

Sassy Kickers, a dance group of tiny girls and young ladies, carried silver pom-poms and flags, and the Taylor Petting Zoo had Lillie the llama and Jungle, a small donkey, decorated in holiday wreaths and red bells for the event. They are owned by Ron, Memory and Austin Taylor.

Brilliant Legion Commander Roger Cline, Ray Sullivan and Brian Voiers were part of the marching unit, while a van was driven in the parade as well.

The Brilliant Lions had a decorated truck and there were many fire trucks and vehicles from the Brilliant Fire Department as well as the Rayland and Smithfield departments.

Elizabeth Cook of the recreation board was in charge of the parade, and the Wells Township Police Department led the parade.

The float that brought about the most applause carried Santa and Mrs. Claus, who waved to the spectators from the Wells Township Recreation Department float that carried a young baby and children wearing elf hats as well.