To the editor:
Sleighs, snow, songs and Santa - what more could anyone want in a parade? The 2013 Eastern Gateway Sights and Sounds of Christmas Parade offered that and even more to the hundreds of people who lined Fourth Street in Steubenville on Dec. 7 and the many others who watched it broadcast live.
Adding to the joy of the season was the attention given to the many veterans who were honored as grand marshals in this year's parade. Representatives from a number of veterans' groups rode in floats or marched past crowds who responded with applause and shouts of "thank you."
None of this would have been possible without the outstanding cooperation of so many individuals, businesses and organizations. The variety and creativity of the floats from the 90 participants were wonderful. The events committee that had been meeting since August to plan and promote the event gave of their time and talents to ensure its success, and I would like to personally thank Jerry Barilla, Mary Snyder, Sue Hershey, Anita Jackson, Ann Koon, Rikki Kamarados and Mark Nelson for faithfully attending the meetings.
Jefferson Security and the Steubenville Lions Club worked in that cold weather to direct the floats and units in the lineup. Steubenville High School kindly kept its doors open for the bands and dancers to stay warm while waiting for the parade to begin. The city police and street departments helped keep the streets safe and clean. And, the youngsters from the Brenda Casey Dance Center gave a delightful performance to the spectators before the parade.
Donations from Eastern Gateway Community College, the Kessler Family, Cardinal Wealth Management, Trinity Health System, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Domenick Mucci helped cover the costs of the parade. The contributions from JB Green Team, Lauttamus Communications and TEAM Automotive enabled communications and logistics.
The support and expertise of Mike Seachman and Tim McCoy of WTOV-TV guaranteed that the parade and broadcast went smoothly and the Herald-Star publicized the event throughout the planning stages.
Finally, I have to give credit to Mary Snyder and Jerry Barilla of the Fort Steuben Visitors Center for their many hours of phone calls and organizing. I am proud to have worked with so many caring people in our community who made this annual event a great success and look forward to doing even more in the future.
Director, Historic Fort
Steuben and Steubenville