Steubenville parade was great success

To the editor:

On Dec. 9, hundreds of people lined Fourth Street in Steubenville to witness one of the most creative and extensive Christmas parades in years. The Eastern Gateway Community College Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic Parade was a wonderful gift to the city and an added treat for visitors who were in town for the Nutcracker Village.

This annual event, organized by Historic Fort Steuben and the Visitors Center, could not have happened without the support and assistance of so many businesses, organizations and individuals.

First, thanks go to our title sponsor, Eastern Gateway Community College, and to our supporting sponsor, Trinity Health System. These organizations truly have the community at heart and are always willing to go the extra mile to make events such as the Christmas parade a reality. I am also grateful to the Kessler family for all their contributions, including the unique tanker sleigh that brings Santa into the downtown.

Thanks also go to the Herald-Star for helping to promote the event; to Brian Moss of WTOV-TV, whose efforts ensured that the parade would televise well. Also to Joe Marracino and Bob Baird of the Steubenville Street Department, the Steubenville Police Department, Jefferson Security, Tim Walters of the Lions Club, Ken Perkins of Tri-State Financial Services, Irene Moore of the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District, Paul Brandt and members of the Steubenville-Weirton Ham Radio Club (TERA), Downtown Bakery, Leonardo’s Coffee Shop and Steubenville High School, who assisted with safety, security, lineup and hospitality on the day of the parade.

Mary Snyder of the Steubenville Visitors Center worked for weeks recruiting and organizing the units, even up to the day of the parade. Judy Bratten of Historic Fort Steuben oversaw the fundraising and publicity. The three who served as judges and viewed all the units were John J. Mascio, Joe Corabi and Rich Delatore.

During the past five years since I have been involved with the parade, I have seen it grow in size and quality and know that it couldn’t have happened without the great teamwork of all involved. I am proud of all these people and super proud of Steubenville. Merry Christmas to my hometown.

Jerry Barilla