Monday, November 28, 2011

Staunton 2011 Christmas parade is tonight

A festive atmosphere will take over downtown Staunton tonight as shops sparkle and lights twinkle in storefronts while the parade passes by on Beverley Street. This is always a popular event with the streets crowded four-deep as young and old alike line up to watch the float entries of local churches, businesses, and civic groups, and to hear from local high school bands and wave to friends in the parade.

The parade begins at 7:00 with lineup near the fire station on Augusta Street. The entries will turn left onto Frederick in front of Mary Baldwin College, then right onto Market for one block, and right onto Beverley for several blocks where the largest crowds will be located.

Folks begin lining up an hour ahead of time, and some streets are closed to traffic. Parking will be available at the Wharf parking lot as well as the parking garages on Johnson and New Streets.

Seasonal weather will see children bundled as they wait to see Santa at the end of the parade. Afterward, there is Shenandoah Pizza and Byers Street Bistro and Depot and other local restaurants for hot chocolate or a late supper, and the Split Banana has ice cream treats. Catch the free trolley and ride around the city looking at the Christmas lights, or drive through Gypsy Hill Park where community Christmas displays are set up for all to see.

Christmas in Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley ... it doesn't get much better than this!

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