Easter parade to present the life of Christ

POINT PLEASANT – One of the region’s most unique parades will return next month, showcasing a panoramic view of Easter history through local churches.

The annual Mason County Easter Parade, which depicts the life of Jesus Christ from birth to ascension, takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9 on Main Street in Point Pleasant. The parade includes local churches creating floats and marching, live drama to portray the life, struggles, death and resurrection of Jesus.

In many ways, the parade resembles a play of passion and according to organizers “the aim…is to paint a picture of the life of Christ”.

This year’s parade participants and their entries, at press time, are as follows:

Journey to Bethlehem, Salem Community Church, West Columbia; Nativity, Leon Methodist, Leon; Singer Randy Parsons, Oma Chapel Church, Leon; John Baptizing Jesus, West Ripley Baptist Church, Ripley; I will make you fishers of men, Trinity UM Church, Point Pleasant; Sermon on the Mount, Presbyterian Church, Point Pleasant; Jesus Feeds 5000, Gospel Lighthouse Church, Point Pleasant; Lazarus Come Forth, First Baptist Church, Mason; singer Kaylee Weaver of Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church; The Triumphal Entry (Palm Sunday), Creston Church, Leon; Last Supper, College Hill Church, Crab Creek; Garden of Gethsemane, Harvey Chapel Church, Leon; Jesus before Caiaphas, Point of Faith Church, Point Pleasant; Jesus before Pilate the Governor, Point Pleasant First Church of God, Point Pleasant; Jesus, Mocked, Clothed, Crowned, Faith Baptist Church, Mason; Jesus Carrying the Cross, Jackson Ave. Baptist, Point Pleasant; Jesus being nailed to the cross, Pleasant View Church, Apple Grove; Mounted soldiers, Point of Faith Church, Point Pleasant; Crucifixion, Main Street Baptist Church, Point Pleasant; Burial of Jesus, Grace Baptist Church, Point Pleasant; Singers on the Fisherman’s Net Ministries Choir, Point Pleasant; Resurrection of Jesus, Morning Star Advent Christian Church; Ascension, Leon Bethel Church, Leon.

These themed floats still without a church sponsor, at press time, are:

The Magi (The Sages); The Miracles of Jesus; Jesus calms the storm; Peter walks on water; Jesus, the Good Shepherd; Jesus drives the moneychangers out of the temple.

An invitation to participate in the Easter Parade is extended to churches and ministries, as well as local 4-H groups, sports teams, pageant queens, marching groups, and more. Interested biblical participants contact Denise Bonecutter at 304-593-6939, non-biblical participants contact Wayne Sanders at 304-812-8132. There are still opportunities to help bring this story to life.

As noted, these were the themed tanks taken and available at the time of printing this article and availability is subject to change. In case of bad weather, the parade will take place at 11 a.m. on April 16.

The final Easter Parade was last held in 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic which canceled the event in 2020 and 2021.

Beth Sergent contributed to this article. Information provided by Denise Bonecutter.

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Jesus Carrying the Cross recreated by Jackson Ave Baptist, Point Pleasant in the 2019 Easter Parade

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