The town of Wheeling prepares for the Main Street Bank Fantasy In Lights Parade

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WHEELING, W.Va.- (WTRF) The 35th Annual Main Street Bank Fantasy in Lights Parade in downtown Wheeling kicks off Friday evening (11/19/21).

And you can watch it on WTRF CBS from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Parade chairman Bill Bryson spoke to 7News earlier in the evening, offering advice before Friday night.

Bryson suggests if you are going to the parade to dress warmly.

He also encourages everyone to come early as the streets will be closed in anticipation of the parade. He says that by arriving early, you can alleviate any additional stress.

Bryson says the parade will start a little later this year, but it will be worth the wait.

“If you wait on 10th Street and think, hey, the parade should be here by now. He will arrive in the street about 10 minutes later than usual. We have two events; one of them is The Nutcracker from the Oglebay Institute. They’re going to do a performance of about 10 to 12 minutes here at 6:30 a.m., and I think on Channel 7 you have the Young Patriots and they have a presentation of about 10 minutes again at 6:30 p.m.

Bill Bryson, Chairman of the Main Street Bank Fantasy In Lights Parade

About 80 units will participate in the parade and will include marching bands and numerous floats.

Actor Erik Estrada will join two other Grand Marshals in this year’s Main Street Bank Fantasy in Lights Parade.

Estrada with Kathie Brown of Wheeling Health Right and Reverend Darrell Cummings, who is the pastor of the Apostolic Temple of Bethlehem, are part of this year’s Grand Marshall ensemble.

7News host Stephanie Grindley will join host Kathyn Ghion and sports presenter Scott Nolte, who will both host the event.

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