WELLSBURG - The Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce will again be helping area residents to ring in the holidays with its annual Christmas parade Friday.
The parade will begin at 4 p.m. Friday and proceed south on Charles Street.
Participants will line up at 3 p.m. at the corner of 27th and Charles. Any groups interested in participating that haven't contacted Debbie Baker, the parade's chairman, should call her at (304) 737-3063 or (304) 281-5766.
Baker said several businesses are entering floats, and the Brooke High School Marching Band is set to appear. There also will be several dance studios, area police and fire departments and an equestrian unit.
She noted a few groups will use the parade to help people less fortunate, an important part of the Christmas season.
Kirk Kazienko, son of the late Bernie Kazienko, is carrying on the toy drive for underprivileged children that was begun by his father, and the Brooke High School Leo Club will be collecting toys and monetary donations during the procession.
Volunteers with the Brooke-Hancock American Cancer Society will be accepting monetary donations as well as handing out a limited number of Relay for Life T-shirts.
Kim Moore, a volunteer with the Brooke County Salvation Army, also will be accepting canned goods and other non-perishable food for the organization's food pantry, which provides meals to many local families throughout the year.
The parade's theme will be "Here Comes Santa Claus," which is fitting since St. Nick is a special guest each year.
Santa Claus also will make a special guest appearance and will be on hand following the parade to meet with children on the Wellsburg Town Square.
The square will be decorated for the occasion, with a Christmas tree donated by Pikevue Nursery of Wellsburg to be lighted that evening, said Mayor Sue Simonetti.
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