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The 23rd annual Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade

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It was sunny but cold as the 23rd annual Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade stepped off from Western Hill High School on Ferguson Avenue at 10:00 am on Thanksgiving morning. There were marching bands, local dignitaries, quite a few floats, and many groups representing organizations in Price Hill and elsewhere on the west side.

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Price Hill’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition as old as Western Hills High School, where the parade begins. It was originally an impromptu march from the school to Elder High School’s stadium, The Pit, for the annual Thanksgiving Day football game between the two teams. When the teams stopped meeting on Thanksgiving Day in the late 1970s, the parade also stopped for about a decade, but the Price Hill Historical Society brought back the tradition in 1991. It’s now a joint effort of the Price Hill Civic Club and the East Price Hill Improvement Association.

Alex and Sue Vasiliou, proprietors of Sebastian’s Gyro, reigned as the King and Queen of Price Hill this year, and spectacular floats were created by Hart Pharmacy, St. Lawrence School, and the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, among others. Hart’s won first place in the business category with a float that featured characters from the “Despicable Me” movies, and the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts’ entry, featuring their current musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, took first place honors in the nonprofit category.

Western Hills High School’s band marched along with the Elder High School band and groups from Seton High School and Mercy High School, as well as a St. Teresa-St. William SAY Soccer team that took the city championship. There were also dogs, Hibernians, a whole melee of characters from The Wizard of Oz, antique cars, fire engines, and even hula hoop dancers.

Santa Claus brought up the rear of the parade and made an appearance at St. Lawrence parish hall after the parade, too, where there were hot drinks and cookies for all. The Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade continues to be a great kickoff to the holiday, with hundreds of people lining the streets, even in the cold temperatures, to celebrate Thanksgiving with their community.