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A Christmas Parade for the History Books

Kelle Boggs Dance Studio’s “Toy Soldiers” were one of many area dance troupes to participate.

This year’s Hurricane Christmas Parade featured a Whoville theme and was projected to be the largest and best ever. It was all this and more.

The Grinch of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas was present but was not able steal Hurricane’s parade because Mayor Scott Edwards and the Hurricane Police Department chased the rascal on the parade route from First Baptist Church to the city limits beyond Hurricane Bridge Park.

The more than 140 entries easily made the parade the largest in Hurricane’s 135-year history. Entries were not limited to a single float. Dancing Unlimited entry required seven vehicle drawn floats. While five horse entries were registered, more than twenty horses preceded Santa’s arrival in his sleigh.

Other entries included churches, schools, civic organizations, businesses, political office seekers, healthcare providers, clubs, fire trucks, and individuals. The parade was an area event with participants from Cabell County joining the Whoville parade.

Unlike many of Putnam County’s parade, Hurricane’s parades, both 4th of July and Christmas, move rapidly. That said, State Route 34 was closed down an hour and 15 minutes and Main Street much longer.

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