PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Wood County was full of the holiday spirit Saturday, as thousands lined the streets for the popular Christmas parades.
Nearly fifty groups marched down grand central avenue in Vienna at 11 a.m. Saturday morning for the Holly Days Christmas parade.
The parade was led off by the Bag Pipes and Drums of St. Andrew.
Some other participants included mayor Rapp, the Parkersburg Catholic Band, Jump Company USA and Parkersburg high school's marching band.
Each participating float was required to donate a case of canned food for the Good Samaritan Center.
And the festivities continued in Parkersburg. The Parkersburg parade was led by police chief Joe Martin, and followed by many of the first responders from the IEI fire.
They included the Lubeck Volunteer Fire Department, Waverly Fire Department, Mineral Wells, Vienna, Elizabeth-Wirt and others. The red cross, Camden Clark emergency services, and the Wood County 911 Mobile Command Unit also followed behind the fire departments.
The parade started at Parkersburg High School, went through market street and ended in downtown Parkersburg.
Martin says the Parkersburg Police department blocked many of the side roads leading to the parade route in order to minimize parade goers exposure and to ensure everyone’s safety. That tactic is new this year.