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TL Photo/CARRI GRAHAM Project Forward members Melissa Yeso and Donnie Mew stop for a photo as they hang lights from a Christmas tree in preparation for the Martins Ferry Christmas Parade, scheduled for Friday at 6:30 p.m.

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Christmas parade will pass through the Purple City on Friday.

The parade is scheduled for 6:30pm with the line up starting at 4:30pm near Jacob & Sons Quality Meats on Center Street.

For nearly 40 years, the Fire Department has been helping the community prepare for the holiday season by spreading cheer through its annual parade. Jack Regis Jr., parade chairman of the MFVFD, said this is the second full parade since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said they expect a good turnout of participants and spectators this year. He said they typically have between 75 and 90 floats and vehicles participating in the parade, depending on the weather.

“All local fire departments, church groups, civic groups, companies are definitely invited to participate. We have received good responses to the invitations we have sent out so far. Were excited. It’s a good kick-off to the winter season.” he said.

The parade route is as follows: Center Street to Zane Highway, south on Zane Highway to Hickory Street, east on Hickory to Fourth Street, north on Fourth Street to Hanover Street, west on Hanover Street to end at the small park area adjacent at the Bijlgat.

“All companies, community organizations and private non-profit organizations very positively support the parade every year. We couldn’t do it without them. We are certainly grateful for their support, not only for the Christmas Parade, but for all the different events we hold throughout the year, such as Betty Zane Days. Regis said.

Regis said they have a few additions this year, including an ice skating rink that will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. on Fifth and Hanover streets.

More excitement will follow the parade, including the lighting of the town Christmas tree, fireworks, food vendors and the presence of a live reindeer.

“We made it a little bigger this year. We are trying some new things and gauging the response to see if we can do it bigger next year.” he said.

Immediately after the parade, usually around 7.15 pm, the Christmas tree is lit

“As soon as Santa comes by the announcer’s table, we’ll organize and do the tree lighting,” Regis said.

Afterwards, fireworks will be set off at the city building.

Project Forward, a non-profit organization organized to revitalize the downtown area, teamed up with Carolina Furniture to add something special this year with the addition of a reindeer that will appear in the parade and be available for petting and photos afterwards in the gazebo on Fifth and the streets of Hanover.

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