12/7/2013 6:14 PM
by Rachael Cardin
BECKLEY - What better way to get the public excited about the holidays, than a city parade?
Beckley hosted its annual Christmas Parade today in the uptown area with an abundance of people, floats, decorations and Christmas music. The group made its way from Park Ave, down Main St. and ended on Prince St. The parade was led by the Beckley Police Department.
Parade coordinator, Julian Chipley said the parade is a lot of work, but he does it to officially kick off the Christmas season and stir up excitement in the kids.
"Its a great experience, its for the kids and there is a lot of work and a lot of people that do this but when it all kicks off... and you get on Neville St. and Main St. where all the crowds are and you see the kids faces... it makes it all worthwhile," said Chipley.
Beckley must be one special place because even Santa made an appearance with his sleigh.