The WVU Marching Band will lead the 2016 Perkins Restaurant and Bakery Fantasy in Lights Parade.
The more than 400 member marching band will perform at 6:30 p.m. on November 18.
7News caught up with some of the band members from the Ohio Valley– who say they’re really excited to come back and show off their talents in Wheeling.
“I am so psyched! Ever since I was in high school, I dreamed about having the Pride of West Virginia come back to the Christmas Parade because they used to come, years ago they would come and perform in the parade,” said Wheeling Park High School graduate and two-year member of the Pride of West Virginia, Cristin Dolan. “And since then, I have made it a little mission of mine to go back to the parade, so it’s coming full circle. We marched in it in high school and now we’ll get the college experience. Hopefully everybody will be really excited to have us there.”
The band’s appearance is made possible by several sponsors, including Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration, The People of Ohio County, Monteverde Group, Paul Exley, Ben Exley, the Wheeling Convention and Visitors Bureau, Project Best, The Intelligencer, Main Street Bank, Gary Dietz Insurance, and Tom Paree Insurance.
The parade will also feature two Grand Marshalls: Howard Monroe and Toni Zeakes. Monroe is a local broadcaster who was recently inducted into the West Virginia Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Zeakes recently retired from a 60-year career as a dance instructor and studio owner.
Bleacher seating for the parade is available on Market Street between 14th and 12th Streets. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased beginning November 1st by calling 304-233-2575.
The Perkins Restaurant and Bakery Fantasy in Lights Parade will be shown on WTRF-CBS on November 18 from 6:30-8 p.m., and then re-broadcast on WTRF My Ohio Valley on December 10 and 17 at noon, and on WTRF-CBS on Christmas Day at 5:30 a.m.