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Christmas parades scheduled, coming to a town near you

Nov. 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Believe it or not the holiday season is here and that brings Christmas parades a plenty to the Tri-State.

If you need to see Santa Claus roll through on a fire truck before your season can start, then take note and find a parade coming to the streets in your area.

Here's a look at some of the upcoming Christmas parades.

Huntington

The 2013 Huntington Christmas parade will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 in downtown Huntington. The Grand Marshals of this year's parade are the Conference USA Champion Marshall University Softball Team.

Parade festivities will start at 6 p.m. with music provided by the ThunderTones Barbershop Chorus at the intersection of 8th Street and 3rd Avenue. After the parade the ThunderTones will perform at Pullman Square.

The parade starts on 12th Street and proceeds west on 4th Avenue to 8th Street. Then the participants will march down 8th Street to 3rd Avenue. From there, the parade will continue east on 3rd Avenue to Pullman Square and disperse at 10th Street.

High school bands and dance troupes are invited to do a short performance in front of the reviewing stand located at the intersection of 8th Street and 3rd Avenue in front of Big Sandy Superstore Arena. City and county officials will be the guests of honor on the reviewing stand. Bands will be judged at this point in the parade.

Judy Eaton and Cledus T. Judd from WTCR Radio's Cledus T. Party with Judy & Clint will emcee the parade from the reviewing stand.

The marching band judging will include a first-place prize of $500, a second-place prize of $350 and a third-place prize of $250.

Two float competitions will take place. The amateur/volunteer contest winners will be awarded $250 for first place and the corporate/business winner will be awarded a traveling trophy.

Immediately following the parade, the Pullman Square Christmas Tree will be lit. The band and float winners will be announced and awarded their prizes during the ceremony.

The deadline for parade applications is 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25.

For more information or to register an organization for the parade, please contact Renee Maass at the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce at 304-525-5131 or renee@huntingtonchamber.org.

Ashland

The Ashland Christmas parade is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26. The theme of this year's parade is "Silver Bells." Jule Huffman, also known as Mr. Cartoon, will be the Grand Marshal. Huffman was the Grand Marshal of the first parade 25 years ago.

The parade will also include a float contest and band competition. The last day to enter a unit in this year's parade is Monday, Nov. 18.

The lineup will be on Carter Avenue between 16th and 19th streets and will take place on Winchester Avenue to Central Avenue.

For more information about holiday events in Ashland, contact the Ashland Alliance at 606-324-5111.

Ironton

The Ironton Christmas Parade will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 in downtown Ironton.

Hurricane

The Hurricane Christmas Parade is set for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in downtown Hurricane, W.Va. There will also be a tree lighting, specialty shops open house, Santa at Gazebo after the parade. Call Brenda Campbell at 304-562-5896.

New Haven

The New Haven Christmas Parade is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in downtown New Haven, W.Va. Call the New Haven City Building at 304-882-3203.

Point Pleasant

The Point Pleasant Holiday Parade is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6 on Main Street in Point Pleasant, W.Va.

South Charleston

The South Charleston Christmas Parade will be at noon Thursday, Dec. 14. Parade applications are still being accepted. For more information, call the South Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau at 304-746-5552.

Russell

The Russell Christmas Parade will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. Lineup will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Clinton Street. The Grand Marshal is Ivan McGlone, who coached Russell High School football for almost 30 years. For more information call Cheryl Jones at 502-314-4662 or Randi Holt at 606-547-7361.

If your town is having a Christmas parade and it's not listed here, email the information to news@herald-dispatch.com.

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