MOV Easter Parade
PARKERSBURG – Residents filled downtown Parkersburg Saturday afternoon for the fifth annual Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade.
“This is our biggest parade yet,” said parade founder and organizer Kiki Angelos. “Thanks to the weather for co-operating and giving us warm temperatures and sunshine so people can really enjoy the parade and candy.”
After months of planning, this year’s parade experienced one large last minute change after the committee learned of a track meet at Parkersburg High School.
The meet was held at the usual line-up time for the parade and the committee was concerned about the lack of space available in the horseshoe. The parking lot was being used for the track meet and unavailable to the parade.
“We realized that we couldn’t line the parade up in the horseshoe, so we moved it to Market Street during a late committee meeting Friday,” Angelos said. “Actually, lining up on Market Street has allowed things to move smoothly and quickly. We might do this again next year, it has worked so well,” she continued.
Along with the sunny skies, the lure of candy from the roughly 100 floats and participating groups and individuals brought people out in droves to stand along Market Street for the event.
“We had more than 80 floats pre-register and at least another 15 or so just showed up,” said Angelos. “With all of these floats, this is our biggest parade ever.”
Last year’s parade had about 60 floats and participants.
The last float, on which Angelos always rides with her grandchildren and the Easter Bunny, included a 7-foot-tall welded steel basket by committee member Bob Marshall.
“He and his son Bobby did a wonderful job, so we decided to put the basket on the float and the Easter Bunny in the basket,” Angelos said.
Along with the bunny in the basket, the final float included adults depicting Jesus and two Roman guards following the resurrection while Angelos’ grandchildren and several of their friends were dressed as angels.
“The last float tells the story of why we have the parade and our theme,” Angelos said. “The story of Christ’s rebirth is the reason to celebrate.”
A number of floats took this year’s theme of “Hallelujah! He is risen!” with crosses and flowers to signify Jesus and his resurrection as well as the rebirth of Spring.
“What really brings joy to my heart is to see the Mid-Ohio Valley joined together as one big family to celebrate Easter,” said Angelos. “With all of the bad things going on in the world, we need to take time to recognize what is important to us on this holiday, family and faith.”
Despite this year’s event having barely finished, the parade committee is already preparing for next year’s with a theme of “Spring is in the air.”