CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- What happens when a parade to commemorate West Virginia's 150th birthday collides with a parade that encourages eclectic entries that celebrate the arts and FestivALL?
Well, we'll find out Saturday, when the WV150 History & Art Parade melds the two.
"It's a little quirky," said Vasilia Scouras, who has directed FestivALL's Art Parade since it began three years ago.
The Art Parade has included entries such as brightly painted vehicles and artists demonstrating puppetry or juggling or colorful costumes. In the past, its short route down Capitol Street has included 40 or so entries.
"This year, we have 113 entries," Scouras said. And the flavor of the parade has expanded to include the history component.
"We pretty much invited any representative of West Virginia to participate," Scouras said.
In partnership with Randall Reid-Smith, the commissioner of the state Division of Culture and History, parade organizers invited every West Virginia county to be represented.
"They really took the lead on that and that's been a big help," Scouras said. "Randall sent letters to every county.
"We've invited Miss West Virginias, past and present. We invited many marching bands. We have a fife and drum band and bagpipers. We have Capital High's band."
The parade will be led by its historical component, and each county entry will appear by order of when the county became a part of the state, Scouras said.