Lunenburg Parade set for Friday

Published 3:15 pm Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Lunenburg County Christmas parade will be held in Victoria on Friday beginning at 7 p.m.

The procession will line up on Tidewater Avenue, proceed down Court Street to the traffic light, then turn right, and end at Third and Main in front of the fire station, said Rodney Newton, an event spokesman.

The parade has rotated between Victoria and Kenbridge in the past, and was coordinated by the Lunenburg Chamber of Commerce but they gave it up, Newton said. The Town of Victoria is coordinating this year’s parade.

“This will be on the same night as the Blackstone Christmas parade but we are still planning for a successful event,” Newton said.

Groups and organizations registered to participant include the Girl Scouts, antique cars, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and race cars — with more entries coming in, Newton said.

“There is plenty of room and entries can be made through Friday,” he said.

Former Kenbridge Town Manager Donnie Neblett and Former Victoria Town Manager Ken Patterson will be honored as the parade’s Grand Marshals.  The parade will also be the grand illumination event for the town’s decorations, Newton said.

Meanwhile, Saturday will be Victoria’s 4th annual Small Town Christmas celebration “hosted by local businesses, and local citizens,” the town’s website notes.

Some events are: breakfast with Santa at Uptown Coffee Café, pictures with Santa in the town office, Gingerbread House decorating in the town office, lunch with the Grinch at Marino’s, and pictures with the Grinch at the Community Center.

There will also be: Christmas Ornament Decorating at A&J Produce, and Christmas Shoppe Craft house at the Community Center, as well as Christmas Carolers, a live nativity scene, marshmallow roasting, a visit by Smokey the Bear, snowless sledding on the hill behind the drugstore, barrel train rides and blood pressure screenings.

“This is a small community event to get citizens in the spirit of Christmas,” Newton said.