Organizer says annual Easter parade a success

PARKERSBURG – Children of all ages lined up along Market Street on Saturday for the fourth annual Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade.

Event organizer Kiki Angelos said the parade went off without a hitch, with temperatures warming up comfortably from a chilly Saturday morning.

“Everything went perfect,” she said. “Everything went the way we intended and planned and it was nice to see many, many weeks of planning finish with a big bang.”

Angelos said the committee formed to plan the parade deserved thanks and praise.

“We had one large committee,” she said. “I called on friends and others came forward because they wanted to be part of it. Some were business people who took time off from their businesses.”

As in past parades, Saturday’s Easter Parade was open to any group that wanted to create a float. In 2012 there were 80 floats and for Saturday’s event, organizers were at their goal of 100 floats.

Angelos said people were calling late Friday asking if they could get in and others showed up at the last minute on Saturday when units were lining up the parade in the Parkersburg High School parking lot.

“We had more participants than we thought we would have and the beautiful weather was part of it,” she said. “If anyone wants to come at the last minute they can; we will not turn down anybody because it is for the community, for the entire valley.”

The grand marshal for this year’s Easter Parade was Mike King, CEO of Camden Clark Medical Center.

Angelos said she has decided on the theme for next year’s parade, which will be “Hallelujah, He is Risen.” She added the committee will have its first meeting for the 2014 parade next week.

Angelos said the parade is her way of saying “Kalo pasxa” (Greek for Happy Easter) to the community.