Parades in Belpre, Williamstown well attended

BELPRE — Lighted floats, vehicles and groups of walkers paraded down the streets of Belpre and Williamstown on Saturday evening to celebrate the holiday season.

In Belpre, several dozen units gathered for the Belpre Holiday Lights Parade which began at 6 p.m. and traveled along Washington Boulevard from Belpre High School to Civitan Park. Following the parade, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus met with children at the park.

Michelle Hyer and her son, Conor, 6, of Parkersburg, were among the hundreds lining Washington Boulevard to view the parade on the slightly chilly but clear evening. Hyer is a Belpre native and said she has been coming to watch the parade for years.

“It’s wonderful, it’s a great small town home town parade and very well attended,” she said.

Hyer said the family planned to visit City Park in Parkersburg for the Holiday In the Park lights exhibit and would also be driving through Belpre to view the displays during the holiday season.

As part of the holiday celebration, the annual Belpre Holiday Lights Festival displays began Thursday with more than 160 lighted pieces placed throughout the city of Belpre, along with Howes Grove, River Access and Civitan parks. The Belpre Holiday Lights Festival will illuminate the city with holiday spirit between 6-11 p.m. every night through Jan. 2.

In Williamstown, the fourth annual Williamstown Lighted Christmas Parade was held at 7 p.m. Saturday in Williamstown.

All floats, vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and other units were lighted, excluding antique cars. A new division for this year’s parade was golf carts and lawn mowers. Also included were fire trucks from the Williamstown, Vienna and Lubeck volunteer fire departments.

Items for the Williamstown Food Pantry were collected along the route. This year’s theme was “Christmas Americana.”

The annual Beverly-Waterford Christmas Parade and Dodge Park Lighting Ceremony will be held today in Beverly and Waterford.

The parade will form at 4:30 p.m. today in the Waterford High School parking lot and begin at 5:30 p.m., following Main Street, Ohio 339 and Ohio 60 to Dodge Park in Beverly where the lighting ceremony will be held. The ceremony will include seasonal entertainment and free refreshments.