The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

November 24, 2012

Conneaut residents show Christmas spirit in a big way

CONNEAUT — Parade lovers from at least two states gathered along the streets of Conneaut to greet Santa, grab some candy and take pictures of loved ones participating in the parade.

“We used to come to the parade 17 years ago (when we lived here). I used to bring my own kids and now I brought my grandkids up from Chillicothe,” said Dave Young who now also lives in Chillicothe.

Red McGuire, and his wife Winnie, live in Girard, Pa., but have been coming to the Conneaut Christmas parade for 10 or 11 years. “Just for the fun of Christmas,” Red said while wearing blinking Christmas lights around his neck.

More than 30 units participated in the parade said Neil LaRouche, who is on the parade committee with Debbie Newcomb and Jim Jones.

Parade participants ranged from numerous fire engines from area communities, to a sled carrying Santa. A horse-drawn carriage and a garbage truck also completed the parade route from Conneaut High School to downtown Conneaut in a mix of rain, snow and sleet.

Children darted off the sidewalks to grab candy thrown from many of the floats and cheered the  energetic  marching   of   the

Conneaut High School Band.

“They were all really nice. There was a lot of work put into the floats,” said Mark Mirando while preparing to judge the competition.

After the parade, dozens of people gathered around the community Christmas Tree for the Lights of Love program. The annual event commemorates those who have died and are remembered annually through a public listing.

“We are grateful for the memories of those who have been left behind,” said the Rev. Tim Kraus after the Conneaut High School Band played several Christmas carols and residents lit Christmas candles.

Text Only
Local News
Ashtabula County Alive
July 4 Celebrations 2014
Summer off to Big Start
Ashtabula County Flag Day 2014
Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby 2014
Tour de State Line and Boating Season
Ashtabula County Memorial Day 2014
Sam Magill Sr. Memorial
Armed Forces Echo Taps 2014
Lakeside Loop Color Run
Keeping Ashtabula County Clean and Healthy
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House