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Beckley’s Christmas Parade details announced


Beckley, WV - Beckley’s annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 5th beginning at 11:00 a.m. Line-up will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Park Middle School for floats and at 10:00 a.m. at the Beckley Intermodal Gateway Plaza for bands and walking units. The course will follow the usual parade route thru town. This year’s theme is the “A Storybook Christmas.”   

The City of Beckley / Beckley Events will be organizing the event.  The YMCA’s Spirit of Beckley honoree is normally the parade’s Grand Marshal.  In memory of this year’s honoree Mel Hancock, family members including Mel’s wife Tammy and two grandchildren will serve as the Parade Grand Marshals. 

Floats will compete in four categories:  Religious, Commercial, Schools, and Organizations. Trophies will be awarded for the best overall, the four float categories (1st, 2nd, & 3rd places), along with the judges’ choice walking unit, animal unit, classic car, and bands.  Cash prizes may be awarded for the best overall ($100) and 1st place in the four float categories ($50). 

An Awards Ceremony will take place following the parade at the stage near Word Park on Neville Street.  Any group interested in participating in the parade may call Jill Moorefield at 304-256-1776 to request a parade entry package or visit to access the parade entry form, or email

In conjunction with the parade, a Christmas Concert will be held at the Beckley Presbyterian Church on Kanawha Street following the parade featuring choirs.  The Appalachian Coal Town Christmas Celebration will continue that evening at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine.  

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