Smith Point Sea Rescue Inc. named parade Grand Marshal

Smith Point Sea Rescue Inc. has been named the Grand Marshal of this year’s 38th Annual Kilmarnock Lighted Christmas Parade, according to Anne Paparella, executive director of Lancaster by the Bay Chamber of Commerce, parade sponsor.

“We would like to recognize Sea Rescue’s service and dedication to the community,” said Paparella. It is fitting as our theme is “A River Christmas,” she said.

Smith Point Sea Rescue was officially organized in 1974 as an all volunteer sea rescue service. Its members comprise the last remaining volunteer sea rescue unit on the Chesapeake Bay.

This year’s parade kicks off on Friday, December 9, at 7 p.m. along Kilmarnock’s Main Street and lasts approximately one hour. Pre-parade activities start with music and refreshments along Main Street at 5:30 p.m. Santa will be available to children from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Kilmarnock Volunteer Fire Department fire house on School Street.

The parade route starts at Chesapeake Commons Shopping Center and continues down Main Street to Irvington Road and ends on School Street. There is no parking along Main Street in Steptoe’s District after 6 p.m.

The chamber sponsors this annual tradition in conjunction with their partners, Lancaster County Economic Development Authority, the Board of Supervisors, Tri-Star Supermarket, Two Rivers Communications and Dominion Virginia Power.

As a reminder, the shopping centers on N. Main Street, Lancaster Square and Chesapeake Commons, will close for both entrance and exiting at 6:45 p.m. until the parade concludes around 8 p.m. Please plan accordingly.

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