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Weirton celebrates the ‘Magic of Christmas’ with parade

FROZEN — Representatives of Ice Creations of Pittsburgh put on a live ice carving demonstration in front of the Millsop Community Center prior to Saturday’s Weirton Christmas Parade. (Photo by Craig Howell)

WEIRTON — The city ushered in the Christmas season Saturday night, with residents lining up along Main Street to watch the annual Weirton Christmas Parade.

Organized by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, this year’s parade featured a theme of “The Magic of Christmas,” connecting the community’s past with its present and future.

Area residents began lining the street more than an hour before the parade started, trying to get the best viewing spot along the route.

“We appreciate the crowds coming out,” Chamber President Brenda Mull said. “This is the best way to kick off the holiday season.”

Highlighted as this year’s grand marshal was the Unrestored P&W Bus No. 99, recently acquired by the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center. The museum is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to assist in the restoration efforts for the bus.

The parade was sponsored by First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union, Nick’s Auto Sales, West Virginia Northern Community College and Weirton Medical Center.

“We had a variety of entries,” Mull said, thanking the sponsors and participants.

The evening concluded with a fireworks display, visible above the Millsop Community Center and from throughout the downtown area of the city, sponsored by Nick’s Auto Sales, Hancock County Savings Bank, First Energy Foundation, McDonald’s, Lauttamus Communication, Michael Buffo Insurance and Snap Fitness.

In addition to the parade, a variety of activities were held in the community Saturday.

A live ice carving demonstration by Ice Creations of Pittsburgh, and sponsored by Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, was conducted in front of the Millsop Community Center.

The area was surrounded by ice sculptures, depicting a variety of seasonal characters and designs, sponsored by area businesses.

Inside the Millsop Center, a group of bounce houses and other children’s activities were available for area youth, and in the Weirton Room residents could view the trees registered for this year’s Christmas tree contest.

The Weirton Museum was open for the afternoon, with residents able to tour the exhibits and purchase the exclusive Fiestaware ornaments and mugs made available as part of the museum’s bus restoration project.

The Summit Art Gallery also welcomed visitors, offering for purchase a variety of art, handmade items, jewelry and holiday decor, all made by members of the Top of West Virginia Arts Council.

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