Community events commemorate holiday season
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County communities are hosting parades and community events in observance of the Christmas holiday. Most municipality-hosted events are scheduled this weekend or next weekend.
Below is a breakdown of those parades and events:
* Dunbar has postponed its Christmas parade that had been set for 7 p.m. Friday. The town stated its desire to keep community members safe and out of the bad weather predicted for the evening.
It has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 13. Line up will begin at 6 p.m. at the foot of the Dunbar Toll Bridge. * St. Albans will hold its tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. at city hall on MacCorkle Avenue. Scouts, carolers and some World War II veterans are expected to attend.
* Charleston's Christmas Parade will kick off at 11 a.m. and parade coordinator Marie Perdue said there are 94 entries.
The parade will begin in front of Charleston Town Center on Court Street. The route will first head south on Court Street to Virginia Street, east to Capitol Street, and then north to Washington Street.
Street closures along the route and other downtown streets will begin at 9:45 a.m. and will continue until the parade ends.
After the parade, the American Legion John Brawley Post 20 in Charleston will hold a Pearl Harbor Day remembrance ceremony at 12:30 p.m. at the Lee Street Triangle.
* Led by parade marshal Maxine Korb, the East Bank Christmas parade will begin at 1 p.m. at Elm Street and 1st Avenue, and will continue west on 1st Avenue to East Bank Middle School.
Refreshments will be at the school, and Santa will make an appearance.
* The town of Handley's annual Christmas dinner begins at 1 p.m. at the Handley Community Center. The town's women's club will provide the meal.
* St. Albans' parade also begins at 1 p.m. It will begin at the intersection of 6th Avenue and Park Street, and will continue down 6th Avenue to 3rd Street. At that point, it will turn north on 3rd Street and then west onto Main Street and Olde Main Plaza. The parade will then disburse.
Organizer Patty Swango said there are 53 entries so far, and that entries will still be accepted up to, and including, the day of the parade. Entries cannot be political in nature, nor can entries have their own Santa Claus.
* Montgomery's Christmas parade has been moved to 7 p.m. Saturday to avoid weather conflicts.
The parade will begin at the Montgomery Fire Department and will proceed on 3rd Avenue to the Go-Mart.
* Belle's parade begins shortly after lineup at 6 p.m.. The parade route will begin at Occidental Chemical, just north of town, and will follow DuPont Avenue south to Walker Machinery.
Following the parade, refreshments and photos with Santa will be available at the gym in the Belle Town Hall.
* Marmet's parade is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
* The City of Dunbar will present its 16th annual Christmas parade at 7 p.m. Line up will begin at 6 p.m. at the foot of the Dunbar Toll Bridge. Since the parade was postponed due to bad weather conditions, there is still time for participating groups to apply. Call the Recreation Department at 304-766-0223.
* South Charleston's Christmas parade begins at noon at Oakes Field. It will proceed east on 4th Avenue and then north on D Street before ending at the Mound.
Afterward, the South Charleston Convention and Visitors' Bureau will host a reception for children at the LaBelle Theater. They will be given bags of treats and small items and can have their photos taken with Santa and various cartoon characters. They can also enter to win a stocking full of toys valued at $250.
Free horse-drawn carriage rides will be available after the parade.
* Cedar Grove will have a town-wide Christmas party for children noon to 2 p.m. Santa will be present and those attending will receive a treat bag and oranges. The party will be at town hall on Alexander Street.
* Chesapeake will have a children's event 3 to 5 p.m. at the Lisa Curry Annex.
* Nitro's parade begins at 6 p.m. at the intersection of Pickens Road and 1st Avenue. The route will take the parade south on 1st Avenue (W.Va. 25), east on 21st Street, south on 2nd Avenue, and then west on 19th Street to the parade's end at the Nitro Public Library.
The parade has at least 54 registered participants, Mayor Dave Casebolt said.
Following the parade, the city's tree lighting and photos with Santa will be at the intersection of 21st Street and 2nd Avenue.
The rain date is Dec. 16.
* The Pinch Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m. Line up will be at New Beginnings Church and Pinch Elementary School and will follow the same route as previous years.
The Pinch Reunion Committee also has events planned that evening and will show Christmas movies at the Reunion Grounds before and after the parade. Parade organizers will also collect canned food for the Lower Elk River Ministerial Association and pet items for the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association's animal shelter.
* Glasgow's parade begins at 6 p.m. A party at the town hall on 4th Avenue will follow.
* St. Albans began its Christmas festivities Nov. 26 with its Festival of Lights at City Park.
The festival will remain open 6 to 9 p.m. daily through Dec. 23. It will close on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and then re-open Dec. 26. Donations and canned goods are accepted.
As of Monday, more than 1,000 cars had already driven through the festival, Councilman Kevin Pennington said.