Shanghai Parade in Lewisburg WV Kicks off 2015!

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Shanghai Parade in Lewisburg WV Kicks off 2015!


Shanghai Parade in Lewisburg WV, Jan 1, 2015The Shanghai Parade begins at noon on New Year's Day, in historic Lewisburg on Washington Street. This is the first parade of the season that has been going on since the Civil War. So, bundle up and enjoy Lewisburg's annual New Year's Day parade featuring colorful costumes and creative participants.  The streets are always lined with families and friends enjoying a fun parade.





Date:  January 1, 2015

Time:   12:00 PM 

Cost:    Free

Place:  Downtown Lewisburg, WV  Directions 


Line up is at 11 AM on Lee Street with the parade line setting out at 12:00 PM.  No registration necessary. Make sure to bring your most eccentric costume for this historic happening; anyone can participate, with registration occurring the morning of the parade.   Participants will be judged on creativity with cash prizes available. Walkers will receive $2 for their participation. I found the below YouTube Video on a past parade...enjoy!




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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Rebecca- how interesting to be able to attend any parade that's been around since the Civil War.  Those were some really interesing costumes.

Dec 28, 2014 08:35 AM #1
David Saks
(retired) - Memphis, TN

Looks like great fun and apparently a great WV tradition, as well.

The film is heartwarming and fantastic !

Happy New Year !

Dec 28, 2014 08:36 AM #2
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Rebecca ....I wish we lived closer and we would be there for this event!

Have a great week!

Dec 28, 2014 08:38 AM #3
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Rebecca: Everyone loves a good parade! I hope the weather is nice and the streets lined with cheering residents for this event.

Dec 28, 2014 09:20 AM #4
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Rebecca - what a great way to begin the new year.  Everyone loves a parade.

Dec 28, 2014 10:57 AM #5
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

What a great localism event, Rebecca. I bet with this parade being so old that is it a big one and a great one. 

Dec 28, 2014 02:48 PM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Rebecca now that is a Parade I would love to see, who would have thought it has been around since the Civil War, Endre

Dec 28, 2014 03:02 PM #7
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Been to Shanghai, but have not heard of this parade in WV...I'm sorry I'm going to have to miss his and the two bucks.

Dec 28, 2014 03:16 PM #8
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Rebecca. Love a parade, but have to wait for spring before I see another one. Much too cold this time of year. Enjoy your parade, I'm sure it will be fun.

Make it a great week!

Dec 28, 2014 05:44 PM #9
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

No wonder the streets are always lined with families and friends enjoying a fun parade. What a terrific tradition in Lewisburg!

Dec 28, 2014 08:25 PM #10
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Sounds like a wonderful parade, Rebecca.  Great video about the parade as well, thanks.

Dec 28, 2014 08:42 PM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

You now need to blog about the history of the Shanghai Parade.

Dec 28, 2014 09:53 PM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The history of the parade is an enigma unto itself, with some believing the Shanghai parade dates back to the late 1800’s, while others believe the festival is even older. Dr. H. B. Graybill, a local scholar who taught at the Greenbrier College for Women in the Lewisburg area during the early 20th century, researched the history of the Shanghai parade in depth. According to his studies, the parade dates back to the mid 1800’s, and has Scotch-Irish and German ties. Whatever the case may be, the parade is older than anyone of us, and should continue to flourish for another 100 years and beyond.

Leading the parade is the beautiful and wide-eyed baby New Year. A newborn child the baby New Year is not, but in fact, a grown man who is young at heart. For the past several years, theLewisburg Fire Chief has been appointed for this task, and it is worth attending the parade for this sight alone. You might even ask yourself if his rosy cheeks are due to embarrassment, or the fact that it’s just too darn cold outside to be dressed only in a diaper and a sash.

The parade marshal, who historically is positioned in the front of a traditional parade, brings up the rear in this odd and jovial affair. Nicknamed the “super duper pooper scooper”, the Shanghai parade marshal is typically equipped with a shovel and wheelbarrow, cleaning up the remainder of the preceding 365 days, among other things left behind during the parade, providing a clean slate for a fresh start to the New Year.

Dec 28, 2014 09:57 PM #13
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Your area is rich with history and cultrual events that interests me! I can understand why you're so passionate about your business to get people to move into the right location. You know your area well and you are truly a great professional and AR friend. Thank you Rebecca for always being an inspiration to me.

Dec 29, 2014 01:02 AM #14
Scott Gleason
RE/MAX Select - Westfield, NJ
Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist

Looks like a great even, Rebecca.  It even has audience participation.  Can't miss with that.  Enjoy!

Dec 29, 2014 01:35 AM #15
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Thanks everyone for stopping by and reading about the Shanghai Parade in Lewisburg WV.

Roy Kelley you beat me to it....thanks for providing the history of this parade.

Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof  = thanks for your always kind remarks. You are indeed an inspiration to me and others here in the rain.


Dec 29, 2014 03:15 AM #16
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