The Chesapeake Rotary Christmas Parade is 30 years old. The Parade’s Co-Chairs are Rotarians Dianne Copeland Adcock and Anthony Draper. This year’s parade is sponsored by the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. The theme is “A Golden Christmas,” to celebrate the city of Chesapeake’s 50th Golden Anniversary. The Chesapeake Rotary Club is proud to partner with the City of Chesapeake in this 30 year old tradition. The Grand Marshall is the Honorable Harry Blevins. Television Parade Announcer is Craig Moeller and the Reviewing Stand Announcer is Anthony Draper.
The Parade is December 7, Saturday at 6:00 p.m. The parade begins at Mt. Pleasant Rd. and Battlefield Blvd. and ends in front of City Hall on Cedar Rd. Most roads will close by 5:15 p.m. in and around this parade.
This year’s parade is proud to have sponsors for all 7 High School Bands in the city of Chesapeake. In the past, the city has cut funds to send bands to participate in this event. The Chesapeake Rotary Club has secured sponsors for each band in the city to perform and participate in the parade.
Oscar Smith High School Ken Deans & Robert Culpepper Indian River High SchoolPriority Automotive Grassfield High School Newman Family Pharmacy Western Branch High School Century Realty Hickory High School Mr. Jim’s Great Bridge High SchoolGreat Bridge Shopping Center Deep Creek High School Lawrence Pharmacy
The Parade was started 30 years ago with the Great Bridge Jaycees, Roger and Nancy Peterson. It was taken over by Renee Leftwich and up until 3 years ago, remained under the direction of the Great Bridge Jaycees. Roger Peterson was the Reviewing Stand’s announcer for 27 years. The longest participation is with Barry Basnight of Basnight Electric, works up the sound and lights for the reviewing stand and Chesapeake TV-Channel 48. Richard Hutt is the show’s director, with Chesapeake TV-Channel 48 and does a fantastic job covering each participant in the parade on their live and recorded presentation on television. Dominion Virginia Power had the honor of carrying Santa at the end of the parade at the beginning, now, Copeland Mills School of the Arts’ float has had the privilege for over 10 years. Copeland Mills School of the Arts has the most senior record of participation that is not a government agency. They have been in the parade for 21 years.
The Chesapeake Rotary Club took over the Parade three years ago, when the Great Bridge Jaycees relinquished it. At that time, Rotary President, David Hanson, thought the parade would be a perfect fit as a service project with the Chesapeake Rotary Club, to keep a long running Chesapeake tradition alive. The Parade generates funds that are given to the Rotary Club’s charities in Chesapeake. The Chesapeake Rotary Club have given so much back to the community, including service projects Paint Your Heart Out and Coats for Kids to name a couple. The Chesapeake Rotary Club also sponsors the Chesapeake Wine Spring and Fall Festivals, March 8, 2014 and October 11, 2014. All proceeds for the Chesapeake Rotary Club go back in to the community to help those in need.