Parade truly was magical

To the editor:

The annual Nutcracker Magic Christmas Parade in Steubenville has become a popular part of the holiday festivities, and this year was no different. Thousands of people lined the street or watched on television as more than 90 delightful and creative floats, vehicles and groups paraded down Fourth Street. The community consensus was that this year’s entries captured the spirit of the season and were among the most clever, colorful and varied that we’ve seen.

The winners of the various float categories will be announced on Friday, but we want to thank all the organizations and individuals who participated.

We are grateful to our sponsors who made this event possible, especially Eastern Gateway Community College — our title sponsor. Trinity Health System and JSW Steel Co. have shown their support for our community and this event with their sponsorships. Thanks also to the Kessler Family for their contributions.

It’s always a joy to work with the crew at WTOV-TV in planning and broadcasting the parade — thanks to Kevin Calhoun and Brian Moss, who attended all our meetings and shared their expertise. The Steubenville Lions Club and members of the Amateur Radio Operators of the Tri-County Emergency Radio Association as well as the staff and volunteers of Tri-State Financial Services were a great help in getting all the units lined up and ready to go. Boy Scout Troop 401 walked along the street after the parade to pick up litter. Thanks also to Ted Gorman of Steubenville High School for offering space for the waiting dance troupes and to Jefferson Security Services, the Steubenville Police Department and the Steubenville Street Department.

I watched the parade in our VIP tent and enjoyed refreshments from the Downtown Bakery, Leonardo’s Coffeehouse and the Inn at Franciscan Square. Joining me were the judges, Steubenville Municipal Court Judge John J. Mascio Jr., Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller and Molly McGovern of the Friendship Room. I certainly didn’t envy their job of choosing the best floats in each category.

Finally I must thank my assistant, Mary Snyder, for working tirelessly in keeping in touch with all the participants and organizing the lineup. Our president, Jerry Barilla, as usual worked behind the scenes, but for the first time actually rode in the parade as the mayor. All the volunteers at Historic Fort Steuben and the Steubenville Visitor Center and the Nelson family gave many hours of their time to ensure that the event would be a success.

We have only heard glowing reports, especially from the many visitors who had traveled to the area to see the Nutcracker Village as well as the parade. The greatest rewards for all our hard work were the expressions of delight and joy on the faces of the families who lined Fourth Street that day.

As we begin a new year, I hope that the cooperation and commitment that made the 2018 parade a success will continue as we plan more events in our community.

Judy Bratten


Historic Fort Steuben and

Steubenville Visitor Center