STEUBENVILLE - The "Sights and Sounds of Christmas" will be evident along Fourth Street in downtown Steubenville on Saturday when the Eastern Gateway Community College Steubenville Christmas Parade kicks off at noon.
Nearly 90 entries will move along Fourth from North Street to Adams Street. The parade will be broadcast live on WTOV-TV and streamed on wtov9.com. The broadcast will include closed-captioning. The parade will be rebroadcast near Christmas, according to officials.
Rich Donnelly, a native of Steubenville, will lead the parade as grand marshal. A 44-year baseball veteran, he is in his 28th year with the big leagues. Currently with the New York Mets, Donnelly is especially remembered for his years with the Pittsburgh Pirates
PARADE PREPARATIONS — The Steubenville Events Committee is making final plans for the 2012 Eastern Gateway Community College Steubenville Christmas Parade set for noon on Saturday in downtown Steubenville. More than 90 units will parade along Fourth Street from North Street to Adams Street. Working on the “Sights and Sounds of Christmas” event are, front, from left, Sue Hershey, Steubenville Chamber of Commerce president; Judy Bratten of Historic Fort Steuben and Steubenville Visitors Center; and Ann Koon of EGCC; back, Anita Jackson of Franciscan University of Steubenville; Jerry Barilla, Historic Fort Steuben; Mary Snyder, Steubenville Visitors Center; Tim McCoy, WTOV-TV; and Rikki Kamarados, Downtown Bakery and Steubenville Lions. Other members include Cathy Davidson, city manager; Domenick Mucci, mayor; Keith Murdock, Trinity Health System; and Mark Nelson, Nelson Fine Arts.
Although too numerous to list all the entries, some highlights include bands from Steubenville High School, Catholic Central High School, Weir High School, Edison High School and Harding Middle School. Mickey and Minnie, motorcycles, floats, homecoming queens, Baron Von Steuben, cheerleaders, Scouts, a Dean Martin impersonator, bell choir, mud trucks and Trick Riding with two horses will appear in this year's event.
The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, the Steubenville Visitors Center and WTOV-TV are sponsoring the parade with the aid of the Steubenville Events Committee.
"We are very excited to present one of the largest parades in recent history in Steubenville," said Judy Bratten of the Historic Fort Steuben and Steubenville Visitors Center. "Our committee and especially Anita Jackson worked very hard to attract a wide variety of entries for the parade. There is a wonderful mixture."
Children coming to the parade should bring a bag for collecting candy that will be handed out along the parade route. Parents are reminded to keep children back from the street along the parade route for safety reasons.
During the parade, the lobby of the Grand Theater at 121 S. Fourth St. will be open for viewing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can see the progress being made on the theater's restoration project.