STEUBENVILLE - The 2013 Sights and Sounds of Christmas parade on Dec. 7 will have a special military presence in addition to the traditional marching bands, dancers, carolers and colorful floats.
The Steubenville Events Committee has chosen to honor veterans in this year's parade, with those from Steubenville to serve as the grand marshals.
Members of AMVETS, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Posts 33 and 274 will lead off the parade on a special float headed by a color guard from the Adena American Legion. Other military units from around the area will participate in the parade with a variety of vehicles and floats.
PLANNERS — Members of the Steubenville Events Committee welcomed Santa Claus to a planning meeting for the annual Christmas parade on Friday. The meeting was held in the Federal Land Office at the Historic Fort Steuben Park. Posing for a photo in front of the Land Office fireplace were committee members, from left, Mary Snyder, Ann Koon, the Eastern Gateway Community College Gator, Vern Scholfield as Santa Claus, Jerry Barilla, Judy Bratten, Rikki Kamardos and Anita Jackson. - Dave Gossett
At least four high school bands will fill the air with Christmas music, and spectators will enjoy performances by Brenda Casey Dance Center, Generations of Steppaz, Ohio Valley Dance & Twirlers and more entertainers.
According to Historic Fort Steuben Executive Director Judy Bratten, more than 80 floats and units from organizations, businesses and clubs will spark the holiday spirit and add to the excitement of ushering in Santa Claus.
"The parade will be staged on North Fourth Street and will officially start at North Street and North Fourth Street at noon. We are asking residents and businesses to keep North Fourth Street clear that morning so the various floats and vehicles can get in line for the parade," said Bratten.
She noted Eastern Gateway Community College will be the title sponsor of this year's event and will feature the EGCC Gator in the parade.
"We are grateful to Jefferson Security, the Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors for volunteering to assist with the parade on that day. Mayor Domenick Mucci has donated funds to have off-duty police officers on hand as well," added Bratten.
The parade will be televised live by WTOV-TV. Other sponsors include the Steubenville Visitors Center, Trinity Health System, the Kessler Family, Cardinal Wealth Management and the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.