Wheeling ready for Fantasy In Lights parade tonight
Updated: Friday, November 22 2013, 02:57 PM EST
By: NEWS9 and Philip Stahl
WHEELING, W.Va. --
The final preparations have been made for the 2013 Perkins Restaurant & Bakery Fantasy in Lights Parade in Wheeling tonight.
To make the annual holiday extravaganza better than ever, organizers have been planning this yearâ€™s since last yearâ€™s ended.
For people who canâ€™t make it to the event, a Fantasy In Lights Parade Concert featuring Spinning Jenny and The Joseph Sisters will be shown live on Me-TV from 5-6 p.m. on Friday.
WTOV9 and WTOV9.com will also provide complete coverage of the parade on Friday immediately following NEWS9 at Six.
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This marks the 28th year for the parade, and more than a dozen bands will march through downtown Wheeling. There are 23 professional floats this year, which is the most ever. One of the most unique floats is expected to be the float commemorating West Virginiaâ€™s 150th birthday with special dignitaries aboard.
For the event, 14th Street between Main and Market streets will be closed all day today.
Market Street from 12th to 16th Street will be closed to traffic starting at 4 p.m., and Main Street will close at approximately 6:30 p.m. when the parade kicks off.