By KATE COIL
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Towns and cities across the region are getting into the holiday spirit with Christmas parades scheduled from the end of November and throughout the month of December.
The city of Princeton will kick off the holidays with a parade beginning at 6 p.m. today. The theme of this year’s parade is “The Gift of Christmas” and line up for floats, marching bands, and other participants begins at 5 p.m. The parade contains nearly 100 units and due to the size will interrupt the flow of traffic in Princeton.
The Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce is advising residents to avoid Mercer Street, Straley Avenue, Thorn Street and Harrison Street as well as side streets in the immediate vicinity between 5 and 7 p.m. tonight. Residents attempting to reach the upper side of Thorn and Mercer streets are asked to come in from the west end of town and Harrison Street residents are asked to find alternate routes as well.
The Princeton City Police and Princeton Rescue Squad will be blocking off Thorn Street at South Wickham Street. For more information on the parade, call the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce at 304-487-1502.
The city of Wytheville, Va., will be hosting their 2012 Christmas Parade on Spring Street beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. The parade is sponsored by the Wythe County Community Hospital and will feature prizes for different entries.
Bluefield, Va., will be hosting their parade at noon on Saturday, Dec. 1 with the theme “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” The parade will begin along East Street and Greever Street with line-up at 10:30 a.m. in the downtown area with judging of the floats held before the parade begins in Jack Asbury Square. The parade route is 1.1 miles long and will end in downtown Bluefield, Va. For more information on the parade call the town hall at 276-322-4627.
The town of Ballard in Monroe County will also be hosting their parade at noon on Saturday, Dec. 1.
The town of Bluewell’s parade theme will be “The Carols of Christmas” and the parade is set to begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. For more information on the parade call 304-589-5217 or 304-589-6414.
The town of Pembroke, Va., will be hosting a Christmas parade at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 while the town of Pearisburg, Va., will be holding their Christmas parade at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. A parade will make its way through Peterstown beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4 while the town of Rich Creek, Va., will host a Christmas parade at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6.
The city of Bluefield’s Christmas Parade Committee has invited residents out for the annual parade beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. The theme for this year’s parade is “The 12 Days of Christmas,” and will feature cars, walking units, floats, pageant queens, marching bands, civic organizations and several classic cars. Marie Blackwell, executive director of the Mercer County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, will be the grand marshal for the parade. The parade will start at the corner of South and Bland streets then travel north on Bland Street to Federal Street and end at the green grassy area off of Princeton Avenue. Prizes will be awarded to floats entered into the parade before Saturday, Dec. 1. For more information on the parade, call 276-326-3341 or visit the city’s web site.
The town of Bland, Va., will be hosting a Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m., which will begin on Main Street. The theme this year is “Tis the Season for...” and the parade is sponsored by the Wytheville-Wythe-Bland Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the parade, residents are encouraged to bring a new toy for needy children in the area to give to Santa who will be visiting the Bland County Fairgrounds following the parade. Families can enjoy free hot cocoa and a visit with Santa following the parade. Visitors are asked to bring their own camera for pictures with Santa. For more information call the chamber offices at 276-223-3365.
Narrows, Va., will also be holding their town Christmas parade on Thursday, Dec. 13 beginning at 7 p.m.
— Contact Kate Coil at email@example.com