MARIETTA OH, (WTAP)- The parade began at 6:00 p.m. and afterwards, there were three lighting ceremonies took place in Downtown Marietta.
Following the parade, Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews lit the Christmas tree on the Armory lawn.
After that, the Whoville Village on the lawn was lit up, and behind the armory on the train bridge, the lighted train was lit in a lighting celebration.
Organizers of the festivities feel that the event is a great pairing with Small Business Saturday because it celebrates the season on a day that brings people downtown.
“I think, starting with Thanksgiving, you follow that with Friday shopping, then Saturday is big shop local. We want people down here, and having the parade after, we want to capitalize on all of the people who are down here all day throughout the day,” says Sam Tuten of Marietta Main Street.
The parade had 50 cars and floats all together.
The City of Belpre and Williamstown held their Christmas Parades Saturday night as well.