Not home for Christmas?
The Independent and the Electronic Media Department at Ohio University Southern can help, at least when it comes to watching the annual Winter Wonderland of Lights Christmas Parade in downtown tonight.
The parade will be streamed live (dailyindependent.com) to a worldwide audience starting at 7 p.m. OUS streamed the parade two years with big results, said Don Moore, assistant professor and director of Electronic Media Department at Ohio University Southern campus.
“More than 2,000 people connected from 28 countries to watch,” Moore said. “Some states included California, Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio, Montana, Oklahoma and more. One viewer wrote, ‘This will be my last Christmas in Florida, the parade reminded me what Christmas is all about. I’m coming home next year.’”
Viewers can participate through a live chat during the parade, Moore said. Several viewers commented during the broadcast two years ago.
Ohio University Southern also televises the parade, with 15 students from the Electronic Broadcasting Department doing the work. It will be replayed 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.
Bill Jackson, the founding member of the Boyd County Ambulance Service, will be the grand marshal of the parade.
The Ashland Christmas parade is one of the city’s longest-running traditions 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. The forecast for tonight looks clear with only a 20 percent chance of rain. Afternoon temperatures were expected to reach 62 with a low of 35 tonight.
“We’re happy to be a part of bringing the Ashland Christmas parade to so many through the streaming video that otherwise wouldn’t be able to watch it,” Moore said. “The streaming video was very popular two years ago. It brings people home again for a couple of hours.”
Links to the video will also be available on the websites for WSAZ and Ohio University Southern.
MARK MAYNARD can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2648.
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