Pancakes to lead Christmas parade
Members of the Sistersville Community Service Organization met last week to make decisions about Sistersville’s Christmas parade and came away with a plan for an interesting and fun holiday season in the city.
“A Picture Perfect Christmas” will be the theme of this year’s celebration held on Dec. 5 in the downtown area. Since no one paints a prettier picture of Sistersville than city residents, David and Audist Pancake, the two of them have been named the Parade Marshal’s for this years event.
“I don’t know what I’m supposed to say,” Audist said. “I mean this is great and all, but I have nothing to say because I’m shocked! This is wonderful.”
The Pancake’s have devoted much of their time in the last year repairing and improving the Sistersville City Park and Pool, much to the delight of residents.
“We think this is just one small way to let them know that people see what they are doing, and it’s very appreciated,” said SCSO President, Barb Vincent.
Tyler Consolidated High School’s Marching Silver Knight band will lead the parade along Wells St. as is tradition at 7 p.m. Floats and parade units will meet to line-up at the Ferry landing at 6:30 p.m.
“We are asking, inviting and encouraging everyone to put a float or some kind of unit in the parade this year,” Vincent said. “And of course to come out and watch it. We want to make this as memorable as we can, and to do that, we need participation.”
As further encouragement to get parade entries, cash prizes will be given to the four most popular units in the parade: first place, $50; and 2nd through 4th place, $25 each.
Plans for the evening also include the lighting of a Christmas Tree near the City Building with performances by a choir or singers and free hot chocolate and cookies being served before the parade begins. And of course, Santa Claus himself will arrive in town with the assistance of the Sistersville Volunteer Fire Dept. and greet children at the Gaslight Theater after the parade ends.
“This is the time of year when people need a little extra cheer, a little extra TLC,” Audist said. “We’d like to encourage the businesses to get more involved in our community. Dress in bright holiday colors throughout the week, have some kind of sign-up for something in your store. A kind word or a smile doesn’t cost a thing and we’re all in this together.”
In order to involve more businesses, the SCSO will offer a $25 cash prize for the business with the best “Theme” decorated window or store front.
Groups and organizations are invited to set up baked good tables and stands along the sidewalks of Wells St. the night of the parade.
For more information about the Sistersville Christmas Parade, contact SCSO President, Barb Vincent at 304-652-2939 or Carmen Silliman at 304-652-2392.