Parades herald Christmas season

Streets in communities throughout our region will come to life with the magic of Christmas during the next several weeks, as parades are held to welcome the holiday season.

The annual events bring smiles to the faces of children and adults who get caught up in the holiday spirit. Parades offer the opportunity for our communities to show off the best they have to offer, including musicians in the marching bands, members of dance teams, homecoming queens, police and fire equipment, service organizations and local businesses that are committed to our region. And, of course, they welcome Santa Claus into every town.

The region’s parades get under way this weekend. Wellsburg will hold its annual Christmas parade at 4 p.m. Friday. Members of the Brooke High School Dance Team are being honored as the grand marshals for that event.

Weirton’s annual parade, again coordinated by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday and will follow the traditional route down Main Street. This year’s theme is “A Cool Christmas Around the World,” and the parade will come at the end of a day that will include many activities, including the return of ice sculptures, which will be featured along Main Street. Fireworks will mark the end of the evening.

Wintersville’s annual Christmas parade will get under way at 3 p.m. Sunday. The parade will follow its usual route along Main Street, beginning at Riesbeck’s.

Cadiz will hold its annual parade beginning at 6 p.m. Dec 2.

Fourth Street in Steubenville will come to life at noon on Dec. 9 when Steubenville holds the Sights and Sounds of Christmas Parade: Nutcracker Magic. Trinity Health System will serve as grand marshal for the annual event, which is again sponsored by Eastern Gateway Community College. Spectators will have the opportunity to stay downtown afterward and visit the Advent Market at Historic Fort Steuben and experience the Nutcracker Village.

And, Toronto’s annual Great Expectations Christmas Parade, presented by Focus in Toronto, is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 9.

Other communities around the Tri-State Area will be holding parades and other events in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

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