CLARKSBURG — The city is ready to start celebrating the season Friday by “Rockin’ Down Memory Lane.”
The theme for this year’s WinterFest and Christmas parade will focus on the downtown shopping district from the 1950s through the 1970s.
Rick K. and the Allnighters will be the parade marshals and close out the festivities with a 7:30 p.m. concert from their float on Main Street.
“You’re going to have a great showcase of artisans, a wonderful parade and a free concert by Rick K. and the Allnighters,” said Kathie Titus, who is executive director of the Greater Clarksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Activities get under way at 11:30 a.m. with WinterFest.
In its second year, the daylong festival on the upper level of Jackson Square will include vendors selling food, crafts and specialty goods, Titus said.
Local singers, musical groups and dance ensembles will provide entertainment throughout the day.
Entertainment coordinator Kim Bell said festival-goers are in for a treat.
“Everyone is local,” said Bell, who owns In Step School of Dance. “I think we have a lot of really talented people in this area, and I think this is a really good platform to showcase that.”
For children, the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library will have activities such as storytelling and face painting, and magician Dave Powers will make it snow even though it’s supposed to be 52 degrees, Titus said.
A silent auction will give festival-goers a chance at several getaway packages, and downtown merchants will decorate their storefronts to coincide with the day’s nostalgic theme, Titus added.
The day’s activities will conclude at 5:30 p.m.
The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Main Street in front of the Clarksburg Fire Department. The parade’s route will be Main Street from Sixth Street to Second Street, Second from Main to Pike Street, and Pike from Second to Sixth.
As parade marshals, Rick K. and the Allnighters will be at the head of the parade, and Santa Claus will bring up the rear.
Beginning at 5 p.m., the city will close Main and Pike streets and Traders Alley from Second Street to Chestnut Street, said Public Works Supervisor Anthony Bellotte. Chestnut Street will remain open.
In Glen Elk, where some of the 56 entrants will line up, North Sixth, Werninger, Clark and North Fifth streets will be closed, while Baltimore Avenue will remain open, Bellotte added.
The parade route passes the former Waldo Hotel, where one lane of Pike Street has been closed since Oct. 22 when bricks fell onto the sidewalk and street last month.
Titus said she will remind entrants of the barricades in that area and the need to move over into the other two lanes.
The parade will last about 90 minutes, Titus said.
The float carrying Rick K. and the Allnighters will stop at the corner of Main and Third Streets, where the group will perform, she added.
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WinterFest entertainment schedule
11:30 a.m. — Liberty High School Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble
Noon — Alicia Noble
12:30 p.m. — Magician Dave Powers
1 p.m. — Washington Irving Middle School Show Choir
1:30 p.m. — Momentum Dance Center
2:30 p.m. — Madison Douglas
3 p.m. — Emmanuel Christian Fine Arts Department
3:30 p.m. — Flutissimo
4 p.m. — Altered Productions
4:30 p.m. — First Presbyterian Church Jubilate Singers
5 p.m. — In Step School of Dance