PARKERSBURG - Although it is more than two months in the future, organizers for the Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade are looking for volunteers for the popular event.
"I want people to know that we need volunteers to work with getting things ready," said parade organizer Kiki Angelos. "A lot goes into this parade and it grows every year."
Angelos said organizers are asking a variety of groups to participate in the parade, including bands, schools, churches, businesses and dancing and sports groups.
Photo by Jolene Craig
Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade organizer Kiki Angelos, right, poses with Janet and Jim Lockhart of Hockingport, Ohio, and Pam Salisbury with the Blennerhassett Museum in costume to go along with the theme of “Easter around the World” for this year’s parade.
"We want everyone who wants to be in the parade, to be part of it," she said. "We want it to be big, beautiful and successful."
The parade will begin at Parkersburg High School and move through Market Street at 2 p.m. March 23 with a theme of "Easter around the World."
"There are many people living in the Mid-Ohio Valley who come from other countries," Angelos said. "Also, everyone has a heritage they like to celebrate and this parade will allow them to do that."
This year's parade marshal will be Mike King, president and CEO of Camden Clark Medical Center.
As in past years, in an effort to promote the event and get class credit, students from the broadcast program at the Wood County Technical Center are helping Angelos.
"It's a project for the students to get credit in their class and they are working hard on everything," Angelos said. "They are decorating floats and wearing costumes."
The students are in both 11th and 12th grade classes and working to fulfill the requirements of the broadcasting management class, according to the class instructor Lori Ullman-Wright.
Along with participating in the parade, the students have written promotional items, recorded public service announcements and created applications and fliers.
Lining up the parade floats, filming the parade and other duties are also part of the students' requirements in community service.
An Easter hat contest will take place prior to the parade behind Parkersburg High School as the parade participants line up to go down Market Street. Prizes will be awarded to age groups 6-12 years old, 13-18 years old and 19 and older.
There will also be a free children's breakfast at the stand-alone Chick-Fil-A from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. March 23 before the parade.
Angelos is hoping that this year's event will be as successful, if not more successful than last year's parade.
"Last year we had more than 60 units and this year I would like to see more," she said. "But as long as people come and have a good time, I will be happy."
Applications to participate in the parade will be available after Feb. 1 at both Chick-Fil-A locations and Auntie Anne's Pretzels in the Grand Central Mall.
To volunteer, contact Angelos at 304-428-5586.