Parade routes have changed
The Oyster Festival Parade, with more than 80 entries, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday.
A special parade guest will be Williamsburg Musick Fife and Drum sponsored by Middle Peninsula Insurance.
The parade features Shriners walking, riding and playing music; several classic and antique cars, floats from area groups and businesses, beauty queens, clowns, marching bands, majorettes and more.
Festival grand marshal Bill Pruitt and honorary captain Ed Deagle will lead the parade.
Both the Firemen’s Parade on Friday and Oyster Festival Parade on Saturday will wind their way through town on a different route this year and bypass the main part of Virginia Street. The parades will assemble where Urbanna Lumber used to be. They will head east on Virginia Street, left on Grace Street, right on Bonner Street, left on Rappahannock Avenue, right on Marston Avenue, right on Cross Street, right on Prince George Street, left on Virginia Street, and return to the staging area. The judges stand will be at the Urbanna Firehouse.
The Oyster Festival Parade is sponsored by the Virginia Lottery, whose new motto celebrates Virginians’ love for games of every kind. The Lottery is always happy to help everyone scratch their “gaming itch” and wants to engage new audiences who have not yet associated this passion with the Virginia Lottery. So be on the lookout for “Game Guy-Jason.”