Christmas Parade Preparations Underway in Danville

Danville, VA - Danville is gearing up for the event of the season. The Riverview Rotary Club Annual Christmas Parade kicks off on Saturday on West Main Street.

Participants are getting their costumes and rides ready to see who walks away with the trophy for best float.

Dan Veasey is the marketing manager at Piedmont Credit Union in Danville. But lately, his job has been to construct the credit union's float.

"I think it really captures the spirit of our community - the whole Christmas parade - and, it's something that we want to be a part of, " said Veasey.

The theme of this year's parade is "Christmas Toyland," and Veasey has designed a lego-inspired work of art to ride down West Main Street.

"Lego elves and lego nutcrackers...the whole float is going to look like a big box of toys that a giant kid put together, " Veasey said.

Bands from four different local high schools will also be performing Christmas favorites after weeks of practice.

"We've been practicing every Tuesday and Thursday, so you can expect a lot of energy, a lot of Christmas spirit and a lot of fun, " said Dan River band member Tiarrah Crouch.

This year's parade had to be rerouted to avoid construction on Main Street, but organizers say they are expecting just as many attendees as they've had in previous years.

John Daniel, a former Riverview Rotarian, will serve as the Grand Marshal for this year's parade.

"It's 170 entries I think, so it should be a nice parade and the weather looks like it's going to be great, " said Daniel.

The business with the best float will walk away with the Corporate Cup trophy, but for Veasey, its not all about winning.

"It's okay if we don't win. We want to see a bunch of smiles on the side of the street going down the road. That would be winning for us, " said Veasey.

The lego theme for the credit union's float was inspired by the annual Lego Build-Off in Danville that raises awareness for muscular dystrophy.

To see their float and all the others, including a few familiar WSET faces, join us at the parade Saturday at 6 p.m.