Enjoy the spirit of the holidays

There are few things in life that can inspire a magical feeling better than a Christmas parade.

It’s tough to see the smiling faces of all of the participants and the people who line the streets to watch and not get caught up in the holiday spirit. From the musicians in the area bands, to dancing schools and homecoming queens; from the lights, sirens and horns of the fire trucks, ambulances and police vehicles to members of service organizations; from the local businesses who are showing their support for the community; to the children who are anxiously waiting for the arrival of Santa Claus, Christmas parades offer our area a chance to shine.

The area’s Christmas parades get underway this weekend.

The villages of Wellsville and Salineville have activities planned Saturday. Wellsville’s Christmas parade is 6 p.m. Saturday followed immediately by its “light-up-night.”

Salineville’s “Light Up Parade” begins at 5 p.m.

East Liverpool and Chester, meanwhile, have their celebrations planned Dec. 5.

“A Hopeful Christmas” is the theme of East Liverpool’s annual parade, which begins at 6 p.m. It also will be followed by a “light-up-night” on Devon’s Diamond.

Chester’s Hometown Christmas Celebration begins with children’s activities at 10 a.m. at Chester City Park and culminates with the parade at 3 p.m.

Several other communities throughout Columbiana an Hancock counties will be holding parades, as well.

Parades bring our communities together. They require almost a year of planning and countless hours of preparation by volunteers, those who build floats and organizers, as well as cooperation among community officials and members of the safety forces.

We hope you will join us in getting into the holiday spirit by attending an area Christmas parade this year.