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Main Street Bank Fantasy in Lights Christmas Parade canceled due to COVID-19

Santa waves to the hundreds of people lining Market Street in downtown Wheeling Friday evening at the Fantasy in Lights Parade.

The Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce Friday announced the cancellation of the Main Street Bank Fantasy in Lights Parade for 2020. The parade was scheduled to take place Nov. 20.

“We are extremely disappointed to have to make this sad announcement,” said, Erikka Storch, president of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce. “Our committee and our sponsors put a great deal of time and energy into the planning of this year’s parade. It was our hope to give a small piece of normalcy to the Ohio Valley in what we all know has been a truly terrible year.”

After consultation with Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Administrator Howard Gamble, the city of Wheeling, the Wheeling Police Department and the parade committee, the Chamber believed that with COVID cases on the rise, it would be best to cancel the parade.

“We thank our title sponsor Main Street Bank, all of our sponsors and the groups that were to be in our parade and thank them for their patience and understanding,” said Bill Bryson, Parade Chair.

“We all hope and pray that next year will better for us all.”

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