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City Celebrates 71st Annual Manassas Christmas Parade

| November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments | Community
Children ride next to Santa and Mrs. Claus in a previous Greater Manassas Christmas Parade. (photo from the Greater Manassas Christamas Parade website.)

Children ride on a float with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade.

The City of Manassas will hold its 71st Annual Christmas Parade, Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Believe!”

The parade has been a hallmark event for the Christmas and holiday season for residents of the Greater Manassas Area.

The extensive parade features members of local businesses, organization, school groups and leagues, marching, dancing or riding on colorful floats, antique cars, flashy vehicles or horses. And as per tradition, the parade ends with a visit from Santa Claus himself!

The parade route starts on Mathis Avenue and proceeds down Sudley Road towards Center Street, passing Old Town shops and the pavilion. It will end at the intersection of Center Street and Peabody Street.

Handicap parking will be available in the Church Street parking lot behind the 7-11 located at the corner of Grant and Center Street.

There will be road closures along the parade route, some starting as early as 6 a.m. 

This year, parade organizers will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for Volunteer Prince William’s Un-Trim-A-Tree Program. Toys will be collected along the parade route, beginning at 9:45 a.m.

Notable Citizens:

The parade will also feature, Robin Perkins, as Woman of the Year. Perkins began her 33-years of service to the City of Manassas within the Treasury Department. For the last 18 years, she has served in the elected position as City Treasurer. 

John O. Gregory will be the Grand Marshal. A lifelong resident of Manassas, he is a veteran of WWII, serving in both the Navy and Coast Guard. Gregory is the founder of Gregory Construction Company and co-founded of Prince William Hospital, Security Bank (now part of BB&T). He has served as a leader in Lions Club International and as a member of the Republican National Committee. 

The parade was made possible based upon donation from local sponsors.

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