Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 19, 2012

Jackson grand marshal for parade Tuesday

Staff report
The Independent

ASHLAND — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Ashland’s annual Winter Wonderland of Lights Christmas Parade, a traditional favorite, will be Tuesday in the downtown streets.

Bill jackson, the founding member of the Boyd County Ambulance Service, will be the grand marshal.

Jackson was on the ground floor of the formation of EASI, Emergency Ambulance Service Inc., which later became Boyd County Emergency Ambulance Service on June 1, 1977, and was a former director of operations. He was the last one working out of the original group until his retirement this year with 35 years of service and was the oldest working licensed paramedic in Kentucky.

He served as a member of the Grayson Volunteer Fire Department for 25  years and was chief of the department from 1983 to 1987.

Jackson lives in South Ashland with his wife, the former Liza Steele.

The Christmas parade is one of the city’s longest-running tradition and one of the longest parades in the Tri-State. It has delighted those in the community for years as literally thousands come to watch.

Ohio University Southern also televises the parade, with 15 students from the Electronic Broadcasting Department doing the work. It will be broadcast on WSAZ’s MyZ from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 8 Hosts will be WSAZ meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick and anchor/reporter Lauren Schmoll.

The parade can be watched streaming live on the Internet at dailyindependent.com and at wsaz.com. The parade was streamed live two years ago and attracted thousands of viewers from all over the world. Viewers are also able to participate through a live chat.

The parade route, as in the past, is west on Carter Avenue to 14th Street, turn onto 14th to Winchester Avenue and proceed east to 22nd Street. The parade will turn right toward Central or left toward Greenup to disburse.

Lineup in each division is on a first come basis and will begin at 5 p.m. Participants should bring their vehicle in and line-up early. After line-up has started it becomes very difficult to get vehicles up the parade route to their designated area. The driver must stay with the vehicle after it is placed in the lineup.  If participants have any problems they should locate a member of the Parade Committee. They will be wearing white vests with red stripping.

Fire trucks and emergency vehicles will line-up on 17th Street between Carter and Central Avenues; Bands buses travel Central Avenue to 16th Street turn onto 16th, drop band members off beside the parking garage, band members line-up under the parking garage (not in their performance Division) and continue to band bus assigned parking area.  

Divisions 1, 3, & 6, should enter from 22nd Street and travel up Carter Avenue to their designated area.

Divisions 2, 4 & 7 should enter the lineup area by traveling on Greenup Avenue to their assigned street, turn up the designated street, and cross Winchester Avenue to the lineup area.  

Fire trucks, emergency vehicles and Divisions  5, 8, 9, and 10 should travel Central Avenue to their designated area.