Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

December 16, 2013

Community key to parade success

— — It takes a whole community to put on a show like the Princeton Christmas Parade. We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated, from the volunteers and city workers who made it happen, emergency and law enforcement personnel, to our local school marching bands, to the members of our community who created floats, drove or walked, and to our faithful community at large who braved the elements to line the streets to watch. Also, thank you to neighbors who live close by who put up with the noise and congestion. Our media outlets did a great job getting the word out and covering the event that night. And last but not least, we also appreciate our dedicated Santa.

It is because of all of you people that Princeton has the largest Christmas parade in southern West Virginia, and quite possibly the whole state.

And speaking of floats, we asked for next-level floats and that’s exactly what we got. Not only was there a near record number of floats, but the quality was exceedingly higher than it has been in years.

Another addition to this year’s parade that added sort of a Macy’s Day flavor to the evening was the live play-by-play radio broadcast by Moose Reed of Willie-FM from atop the marquee of the Renaissance Theater. If you missed the broadcast, Willie-FM will play it again on Christmas Eve at noon and again on Christmas Day at 10 a.m.

There were also many out-of-town visitors who took in the parade. It’s just another example of great things we have here contributing to Mercer County becoming a destination location.

We’re excitedly looking forward to next year for an even bigger and better Princeton Christmas parade.

Keith Circle

executive assistant

Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

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