Old Town to hold annual parade, tree lighting Monday

Old Town Winchester will hold its annual holiday parade and tree lighting Monday.

Amy Simmons, communications manager for the City of Winchester said this has been a Winchester tradition for many years and is a way to show holiday spirit.

Over 50 units and approximately 1,000 people will participate in the 2016 parade, she said. There will be nine school marching bands along with nine other musical units participating. Live animals will also be a part of the parade and is “always a favorite.”

A special guest will conclude the parade.

Simmons said that with good weather, they expect to see several thousand people in attendance to watch the parade, which begins at 7 p.m. and will travel down Piccadilly Street to Braddock Street to Cork Street.

The Old Town Holiday Parade is organized by the Winchester Parks and Recreation Department.

Following the parade will be a tree lighting, she added, in front of the Old Court House Civil War Museum. The tree will measure 30 feet tall.

There is no fee to attend the events and metered parking is free. Parking in the four downtown garages will be $5 after 5 p.m.

To allow the bands, floats and Santa to make their way through Old Town, the following streets will shut down at 6 p.m. and will reopen following the parade:

• Cameron Street from Fairfax Lane to Monmouth Street
• Piccadilly Street from Cameron Street to Braddock Street
• Braddock Street from Piccadilly Street to Cork Street
• Cork Street from Braddock Street to Kent Street
• Boscawen Street from Braddock Street to Kent Street
• Indian Alley from Piccadilly Street to Cork Street

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com.