That special time of year is fast approaching. As part of the holiday celebrations, it is time again for the Jaycees Annual Christmas Parade. The parade has been part of the Christmas festivities in Portsmouth for nearly eight decades. This is the 79th year of the parade, which has become a favored tradition of generations of local residents.
Portsmouth Area Jaycees and the City of Portsmouth announced that the parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Nov. 16. Lineup will begin at 5 p.m. at Portsmouth High School. The streets will close down at 4:30 p.m., so parade participants can even come that early.
The parade will follow the same route as in past years. The parade will leave the high school and continue down Gallia Street and cross Chillicothe Street. It will end at Market Street. Mr. and Mrs. Clause will be down at the end waiting for the kids who gather with their families to participate or spectate.
Every year, the parade offers a variety of unique participating groups including local bands, little princesses, River Days queens, motorcycle groups, and churches. According to the Chamber of Commerce, there is no entry fee for participation. All groups interested are encouraged to participate. However, the Jaycees is asking that participants offer a small toy donation in the amount of $25 as parade registration. These donations will be given out in December just in time for Santa to make his visits to area homes.
All groups and organizations wanting to participate in the parade should contact the Portsmouth Area Jaycees located at 2033 Gallia Street in Portsmouth by calling (740) 353-6709.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.