Traditions are a big part of Appalachian culture. And for the people of Marlinton, W.Va. that means that not even a fire could keep them from a Christmas celebration. A fire devastated one block of Main Street Marlinton, West Virginia in November of last year. Kelly Taber with Allegheny Mountain Radio reports that the town is re-building, recovering and trying to remain optimistic that business investment will transform the empty block into more than vacant lots.
This story is about the 2014 parade. But we should point out that last year, Marlinton still went ahead and had the parade just days after the blaze.