WINTERSVILLE It was a picture-perfect day for area residents to get into the holiday spirit Sunday during the 2012 Wintersville Christmas parade.
The annual parade was one of the biggest the village has seen, as more than 500 participants lined up to march down Main Street from Riesbeck's to Kroger .
"The turnout today was amazing," said Marci Zangrando, Wintersville Special Events committee member and parade organizer. "We had people show up to participate who we didn't even know were coming, which I love."
ZOMBIE PATROL — The Wells Township Haunted House Zombie Assault vehicle made its way to the annual Wintersville Christmas parade Sunday. On hand for the event, were, from left, E.J. and Ernie Mozingo of Follansbee; Kevin Reiner and Marci Zangrando, members of the Wintersville Special Events Committee; Doug, Christine and Kayla Striker of Richmond; Christine and Hunter Ensell of Steubenville; Sean Moodie of Wintersville; Casey Nestor of Steubenville; Cody Linn of Brilliant; and Evan West of Richmond. - Jess Looman
Members of various fire departments were on hand as well as the Indian Creek High School band, members of Brenda Casey's School of Dance, Powers Martial Arts School students and Starkdale Presbyterian Church, just to name a few.
"The Wells Township Haunted House brought its zombie assault vehicle and one of our 4-H groups brought a painted miniature horse," Zangrando noted.
"I love this parade and everyone enjoys being a part of it," she continued. "We also saw a lot of spectators line the street, which is great. The weather was perfect and it was just a wonderful day for a parade."
Mayor Bob Gale echoed Zangrando's comments.
"It was a beautiful day, we saw a great turnout with lots of last-minute entries and the parade is definitely bigger than it was last year," he stated. "We saw a lot of people on the street as well. I want to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone."
Zangrando thanked members of the village for all of their hard work and cooperation.
"I want to first thank Mayor Bob Gale and my co-organizer Kevin Reiner for all of their help," she said. "Thank you to council for their support, as well as everyone who showed up to participate. We put a lot of effort into making this parade great and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves and had a great time."