Christmas Parade Brings Smiles to Faces in Sistersville
Horses, the Silver Knights’ band, fire trucks, a lion and more marched downtown in the annual Christmas parade in Sistersville. Afterward, Santa Claus made an appearance at the Gaslight Theater on Wells Street.
“The parade was excellent. There was candy for the kids and lot of interesting things it was perfect,” said Seth Morris of Sistersville as he held his 5-year-old daughter, Alicia, on his shoulders Friday as the parade passed through on Wells Street.
Helena Utt of Sistersville added, “I liked the marching band. They seemed pretty together and my children (Clinton and Leila) enjoyed them too.”
Seven-year-old Clinton Utt chimed in, “I knew some of the songs they were playing. And I really liked the horses but they were smelly that was good and bad.”
Amanda Nash of Sistersville attended the parade with her 2-year-old nephew Landyn Vossen.
“My nephew really liked seeing Santa. He also walked down the sidewalk and started dancing when the band passed by,” she said.
Tyler Consolidated High School’s band captured top honors at the West Virginia State Marching Band Invitational in October when it was awarded first runner-up Grand Champion Band in Class A.
Nash recalled her days playing flute with the Silver Knights’ marching band between 1998 and 2000. She moved to Tennessee her senior year, but returned home in 2012 to be closer to family.
Seeing the band again was one of many things that brought Nash to the parade.
“I wanted to see how the band was doing and they are good,” she said.
Though temperatures were in the upper 30s, that didn’t chill the spirit of those who gathered for the small town parade.
“Everyone knows everyone in this town,” Nash said about people waving to each other or greeting friends and strangers by their first names.
More than 12 units – anything from firetrucks to Lennie the Lion – participated in the parade, said Barbara Vincent, one of the parade’s key organizers.
“We had a very successful parade this year,” she said. “The weather was very cooperative. Everybody enjoyed it. I think we all look foward to next year. This parade is what a small town is all about.”
After the parade, a long line formed to see Santa, aka Martin Parrish, at the Gaslight Theater. He listened intently to the wishes of each girl and boy before he or an elf gave them a candy cane. Randy and Kimberly Dawson’s 7-month-old daughter, Katee, was dressed in her Christmas finest red dress outfitted tutu when she met Santa for the first time. The little tike didn’t wince or cry when she was on Santa’s lap, though her mom needed give Santa a more complete list of presents on behalf of her daughter.
Both parents smiled bright as Christmas lights when Randy said, “I think she’ll be happy with anything shiny and bright for Christmas.”