Christmas parade lineup
The annual Times Observer/WCCBI Christmas Walk and Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the intersection of Market Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, proceeding down Pennsylvania to Hickory Street.
The parade lineup will be:
¯ John Gertsch Memorial Color Guard;
¯ Grand Marshals Nancy and Don Rudolph — Warren County Historical Society trolley;
¯ Struthers Library Theatre;
¯ Molly Dies Dance Express Company;
¯ Warren County Fair Queen;
¯ Midtown Motors;
¯ Lilly Broadcasting;
¯ Warren Manor;
¯ American Cancer Society;
¯ Warren Area Cacaphonic Kazoo Organization;
¯ American Red Cross;
¯ Warren County Christian School;
¯ Burns and Burns;
¯ Warren General Hospital;
¯ Extreme Cheer;
¯ Girl Scouts;
¯ Snap Fitness;
¯ Glade Volunteer Fire Department;
¯ Jefferson DeFrees Family Center;
¯ Shults Auto;
¯ Warren County Education Association;
¯ Boy Scouts;
¯ Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry;
¯ Warren Area High School band;
¯ Santa Claus riding on a log cabin.
During and after the parade on Friday, the Christmas Walk will feature special decorations and displays, offers and freebies, demonstrations and photo opportunities.
Who-Ville will populate the McKissock basement. There will be no sampling the Roast Beast.
At the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center, Dem Bones will provide the music and there will be games, crafts, Zonta pecans, and story time with Mrs. Claus.
Among the window displays along the parade route and all over the downtown area will be the dancing bears at Virg-Ann Flower Shop. No live bears will be set loose in the storefront. There will also be a baked-good decorating demonstration.
The Boy Scouts of Chief Cornplanter Council will roasting chestnuts — possibly over an open fire, depending on city regulations.
Warren County Special Olympics will frost and decorate cookies at the Northwest Community Room on Second Avenue.
Total Evolution Cafe will offer popcorn sampling.
The Lions Club Wienie Wagon will be open for business near Second Avenue and Liberty Street.
Warren GRP Mission Group will spread its message near the gazebo on Liberty Street.
The Warren County SADD Chapter will have a basket raffle near Santa’s cabin.
Warren County Historical Society will have an open house from 6 to 8:30 p.m. with live music, refreshments and popcorn stringing, and will offer horse-drawn trolley tours from 7 to 8:30 p.m. after the trolley is finished transporting the grand marshals.
Those interested in having some storage for the treats they may collect during the parade are welcome to stop by PNC, at the northwest corner of Second Avenue and Liberty Street, to pick up bags.
PNC will also have hot cocoa and coloring pages and crayons during the Christmas Walk.
Participants in the parade, whether marching, driving or riding, are asked not to throw candy. Having a person or people hand out candy while walking is acceptable.
“This parade has grown each and every year, and we’d like to thank the entire community for making that possible,” said Times Observer Publisher Robert Patchen. “From the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry — as co-sponsor — to those businesses and organizations participating in the parade and Christmas Walk to those along the parade route and enjoying the Walk, this is a wonderful community effort.”