The 79th Annual Downtown Portsmouth Parade was held Thursday evening, at 6 p.m. The parade began at Portsmouth High School, and ended at Market Street, with dozens of spectators lining the streets of the route. Floats were adorned with hundreds of Christmas lights that lit up the streets of downtown in celebration of the upcoming Christmas season.
“We’ve done the Christmas parade for the past seven years now, we’ve done something new now by just combining the service units in our area and are walking in the parade this year as one unit instead of two,” Karen Crum said, whose Girl Scout Troop walked in the parade. “We hope to have a big turn out from the community and just want to represent girl scouts.”
SOMC, KDMC, Unity 1 Home Health and Skilled Nursing, Knights of Columbus, Gensis, Interim Healthcare, The Portsmouth Public Library’s Bookmobile, Desco Federal Credit Union and Washington Township Fire Department were among some of the parade participants. The J.E.E.P club, Blazin’ Bridles 4-H horse club, The 2017 River Days Court, Northwest Band, West Band, and Portsmouth Band were also present for the parade, with numerous other community members participating in the holiday event.
Although the evening was cold, Portsmouth residents showed up to see light displays and celebrate a long standing Christmas tradition.
“This is the first parade I’ve been to in many years, me and my grandson came out tonight. I think it’s awesome, really festive. It’s really getting you in the Christmas spirit. I’m really thankful we still put things on like this,” said Malissa Houseworth, who came to enjoy the parade. “My grandson is having a ball, he’s making out like a candy bandit. He’s loving it. You hear so many bad things about our little town, this is a good thing that is going on. It just puts a smile on your face and lets you know good things still happen here.”
Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932