The Belpre Holiday Lights Parade, co-sponsored and organized by the Belpre Lions Club, will be 6 p.m. Saturday on Washington Boulevard in Belpre.
Parade applications are available at the Belpre Chamber of Commerce. The parade will form at Belpre High School at 5 p.m. and moves out at 6 p.m. along Washington Boulevard from the high school to Howes Grove Park, said Lions member Bill McAfee.
Prior to the parade, the Belpre Holiday Lights Festival began Wednesday with the displays illuminating the city with holiday spirit between 6 and 11 p.m. every night through Jan. 2.
Saturday's parade in Belpre will include floats, walking groups, carolers and horses and riders from individuals and groups throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley. All participants in the parade are required to be illuminated with Christmas lights to reflect the holiday spirit, said McAfee.
As in past years, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on the last float in the parade - escorted by the Pioneer Antique Power Association - and will greet children at the bandstand gazebo in Civitan Park immediately following the parade, courtesy for the Belpre Woman's Club.
Because of the darkness and for the safety of all involved, the parade committee asks that all candy be handed out, not thrown to the audience, McAfee said.