By Wayne Allen
November 17, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
When it comes to the Christmas season, residents of the Portsmouth area can look forward to a number of things including the annual Portsmouth Area Jaycees annual Christmas parade.
This years marks the 75th year the Portsmouth Area Jaycees have held the parade in downtown Portsmouth.
“The parade has been a long tradition of bringing in the holiday season for the Portsmouth area,” said Leroy Hackworth, parade organizer. “Recently a group of past Jaycee members told the history of the parade. It was always the Thursday before Thanksgiving to bring in the holiday season.”
He said in 2000 the Jaycees held the parade in conjunction with the Marting’s re-grand opening after they had a fire.
“It was three below zero and not many people attended because of the cold weather,” Hackworth said.
He said that was the most recent time the group has tried to hold the parade other than the Thursday before Thanksgiving.
“This year’s parade will include American Legions, veteran groups, bands, queens, church groups, businesses, horses and of course Santa and Mrs. Clause,” Hackworth said. “After the parade, Mr. and Mrs. Clause will visit with kids at Toytown on Market Street in Portsmouth, where there will be hot chocolate donated by Tim Horton’s.”
This years parade will be held on Nov. 21.
The parade will line up at Portsmouth High School at 5 p.m. with the parade starting at 6 p.m.
From Portsmouth High School, the parade will travel west on Gallia St., cross Chillicothe St. onto 5th St. and end on Market St.
“The only rule we have is no throwing of anything from a moving vehicle,” Hackworth said. “We would encourage anyone and every to come be a part of this annual event.”
This year’s parade is being held in cooperation with the Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce.
For more information or to enter the parade visit, www.portsmouthjaycee.org or call 740-464-1126 or 740-353-7647.
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