The City of Beckley will host the annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 2, 2017 beginning at 11 a.m. Line-up will begin at 9 a.m. at Park Middle School (floats, vehicles) and at 10 a.m. at the Beckley Intermodal Gateway Plaza (bands & walking units). The course of the parade will follow the same route as in past years.
This year’s parade theme will be “Christmas Spirit, Sparkle & Shine”. Floats should have signs on all four sides identifying the group on the float. Floats will compete in four categories: Religious, commercial, schools, and organizations. Trophies will be awarded for the best overall, four float categories (1st, 2nd, & 3rd), along with the judges’ choice walking unit, animal unit, classic car, and decorated emergency vehicle, plus bands. Cash prizes may be awarded for the best overall ($100) and 1st place in the four float categories ($50). The City of Beckley / Beckley Events will organize the event. The YMCA’s Spirit of Beckley honoree Dave Barksdale will be the parade’s Grand Marshal.
An Awards Ceremony will occur after the parade in the Word Park/Stage area on Neville Street. Each party who participates with a float should send a representative to the Ceremony to claim the appropriate trophy. Band trophies may be delivered separately. If you do not claim your trophy after the parade, please pick up at City Hall, Monday – Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Please see the attached sheets for parade information and entry form. Please fill out and mail the entry form, at no charge, to Jill Moorefield, City of Beckley, 409 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, West Virginia 25801 or fax to 304-256-1816 by November 29, 2017. Your line-up position will be forwarded to you upon your arrival on the day of the parade.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jill Moorefield at 304-256-1776. Thank you for your interest in this community event.
Note: If heavy rain or extremely low temperatures (under 20 degrees) are forecasted for Saturday, a possible inclement weather make-up date may be Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4 pm (if weather improves by then). However, we normally do not cancel or postpone events.