Wintersville enjoys bright day for its parade

PARADE PARTICIPATION — Members of Girls Scout Troop 33056 of Wintersville were excited to participate in the annual Wintersville Christmas parade Sunday. More than 30 participants lined Main Street, spreading holiday spirit throughout the village. -- Jess Looman

WINTERSVILLE — Hundreds of individuals participated in spreading holiday cheer throughout the village Sunday during the annual Christmas parade.

“This was a perfect day for our parade,” said co-chairman Bob Merriman. “The sun was shining, there was a slight chill in the air and we had a great turnout yet again.”

Co-chairman Tammy Straka said the committee is thankful for the residents and business who continue to support the parade.

“We are lucky to have such wonderful support from our community,” she said. “From the individuals who plan the parade, to the participants, to the residents who line the street.”

Members of various fire and police departments were on hand as well as area Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, the American Legion, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Domino’s Pizza, Wintersville Baptist Temple, Elegant Creations by Joel, the Jefferson County Humane Society, motorcycle groups and local dance groups, just to name a few. The Indian Creek High School and Catholic Central High School marching bands provided musical performances, with Indian Creek leading Santa into the parade.

“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,” Merriman noted.

“A special thanks to the Wintersville Police Department for making sure everything went smoothly,” he continued. “A big thanks as well to Derek Ferguson, Riesbeck’s and Kroger for allowing us use of their parking lots for the events.”

“Every year this parade gets better,” Straka added. “We want to thank everyone who is a part of it year after year. It wouldn’t be the caliber of parade it is without your support.”