Christmas Parades

By: Stanley Jefferson Email
By: Stanley Jefferson Email
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A pair of Wood County Christmas parades brings out the community Saturday.

Starting in Vienna, they held its annual parade.

Despite the rainy conditions, it didn't stop parents and children from lining Grand Central Avenue to see several floats from area businesses.

The kids got into the spirit by getting all the candy they could lay their hands on, and by seeing jolly-old Saint Nick.

"I'm very excited because I can't wait for Christmas and it's almost here," says Claire Flanagan.

Parkersburg High School's Big Red Band, Vienna Fire Department, and City Mayor Randy Rapp were among the participants in this year's parade.

Meanwhile in Parkersburg, their parade featured several area businesses like Kent Welding, Cox Family Pharmacy, and Wendy's joining a large crowd of adults and children.

Other than seeing Santa, kids got to see performances from the Victory Twirlers and the Class Act Clogging Team.

"It's really cool and I think it will be fun to see and they will pass out a lot of candy," added Keith Kelley.

"I'm hoping I get a lot of candy and see some of my friends on the Girl Scouts parade," replied Emma Shears.

And of course, the news crew from WTAP was there giving out candy to not only kids but adults too.

Finally Saturday, a night-cap Christmas parade through Saint Marys.

Besides being under the stars, the city's parade route also uniquely winds between downtown and neighborhood streets.

The route allows many people at home to stay in and let the parade come to them.

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