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The Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade gets enough volunteers to go on

WKRC Cincinnati logo WKRC Cincinnati 11/25/2021 Marella Porter, WKRC

PRICE HILL, Ohio (WKRC) - A decades-long tradition in Price Hill will go on after being threatened for a second year in a row -- this time not by COVID-19, but by increased security concerns just days following tragedy at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

This is the first Thanksgiving Day Parade in Price Hill since before the pandemic. They were running short on volunteers to begin with. After the attack in Wisconsin, it became critical that they find more.

Cincinnati Police were forced to make the call: Find more volunteers or pull the plug.

“Our Cincinnati Police Department intends to ... work hard to make sure that this parade stays safe and that we don’t have any mishaps or unfortunate events like the terrible tragedy that happened in Wisconsin,” said Laura Hamilton, who put out the plea for help on Facebook.

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Twenty-four hours from go-time, organizers scrambled to find more than three dozen volunteers.

“Price Hill came together this morning, thank goodness,” said Hamilton.

The West Side banded together to make it happen in a couple of hours.

For the Thoms’, it would have been a Thanksgiving "fowl."

“It’s really difficult to find a place to put a giant turkey. Plus, we love Price Hill.”

So, they’re extra thankful they’ll get to whip out their giant turkey.

“I’m gonna be dressed up like a turkey, and we have a big turkey float for the top of our van,” said Molly Thoms.

“Yeah, and I have a big turkey hat 'cause I’ll be in the van. So yeah, we’re excited,” said Daniel Thoms.

And make people smile when they ride in the parade.

“To have this opportunity to celebrate and to ... walk through the streets and see the people, we’re just really looking forward to it,” said Molly.

A couple thousand people are expected at the parade. It starts at 10 a.m.

Every road and parking lot that touches the parade route will have volunteers standing at a barricade.


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