The Elkins community will celebrate the holiday season with the annual Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, sponsored by Citizens Bank of West Virginia, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.
More than 40 units will step off from the old Elkins High School, march up Davis Avenue and end at the corner of Fourth Street. The Elkins High School, Elkins Middle School, Tygarts Valley High School and Harman High School marching bands are scheduled to take part in the parade. Also appearing are floats from area businesses and baton groups.
"The Christmas Parade is a perfect time for family and friends to join together and celebrate the spirit of Christmas," ERCCC Executive Director Robbie Morris said. "Participants in the parade have been working very hard to create amazing floats, dance routines, musical performances and much more. Attendees of the parade should take time to grab a cup of hot chocolate from their favorite coffee shop, enjoy a meal together, and do some Christmas shopping with local merchants."
Santa Claus is leading the parade and at the end of the route will make his way to the Christmas tree in the Elkins Town Square to greet residents, hand out candy to children and hear their Christmas wishes.
If the weather is inclement, Santa will move inside the Caboose Room of the depot.
"I encourage everyone to attend the parade and see Santa at the Railroad Depot afterward," Morris added.
Following the parade, awards will be given to participants in the Railroad Depot Caboose Room.
To make way for the parade lineup, vehicles parked along 13th Street and the alley beside Teter's garage along South Davis Avenue will need to be moved by 4 p.m. Friday.
Also, cars parked along Davis Avenue between 15th and 4th streets must be moved by 5:45 p.m.