WinterFest 2013 - McLean’s holiday parade – will be held on Sunday, Dec. 1. To register online to be an entry in the parade, go to the WinterFest website at www.mcleanwinterfest.org.
WinterFest again this year will present a check to Share of McLean, the local organization that helps families in need. "We’re asking residents to share their good fortune with those who have fallen on hard times by bringing grocery, pharmacy or clothing store gift cards to the parade that Share volunteers will collect," Trish Butler, chair of the parade steering committee said.
The parade route will be the same as last year’s: Old Chain Bridge Road from Fleetwood Road to Elm Street. The parade will start at 3:30; pre-parade entertainment at 2:45 p.m. The parade route will be closed from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1. Parking at Langley Shopping Center on parade day will be limited because of the parade vehicles and will be closed to traffic from 2:30 to 5:30 on parade day. There will be no street parking on Beverly and part of Fleetwood Road on Sunday to accommodate the parade line-up.
*There is no fee to be an entry in the parade, but you must register by Nov. 20. Go to www.mcleanwinterfest.org to register as an entry or to get more information about the parade.
*Entries in the parade need to check in at Elm and Beverly Streets at 2:30 p.m. to sign the insurance waiver and receive your place in the lineup.
*WinterFest 2013 will have food trucks in Langley Shopping Center: Doug the Food Dude, Mama’s Doughnut Bites, Sweet Bites Desserts, and French fries from Bistro Vivant. Naked Pizza will be across the street in their parking lot offering pizza by the slice.
*Peggy Fox from WUSA/Channel 9 will again call the parade from the Fairfax County Showmobile situated at the center of Langley Shopping Center.
*Handicapped parking will be available and other parking options are posted on the WinterFest web site.
*Anyone wishing to volunteer as a parade marshal on the day of the parade should contact Adrienne Albers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers for parade day are to check in at the tent next to the stage at 2:45 p.m. for assignments, safety vests and whistles.
For more information on WinterFest, go to the website at www.mcleanwinterfest.org or contact the parade committee at 703-917-9336.