All of the hard work and effort by the Downtown Garden City Santaland Parade Committee paid off and the 54th edition of Garden City's greatest holiday tradition was an enormous success. The parade contained over 80 entries. Even though the weather looked like it would be a factor, the clouds disapated and the sun even made an apperance, helping to draw a large crowds along the route. Highlights of the parade included four high school marching bands- including for the first time the Oak Park Marching Knights- the Lakeshoremen Drum and Bugle Corp, the Great Lakes Garrison Star Wars group, the Redford Unicycle Club and the Redford Jaycees Lawnmower Drill team. The parade was graced with royalty ranging from Miss Michigan to the GCHS Homecoming Court. There was an increase in the number and quality of floats that appeared in the parade.
There are hundred of pictures available on the parade's Facebook site by CLICKING HERE.
Thanks to everyone who came out and to everyone who helped with the 2014 Annual Downtown Garden Santaland Parade. Thanks to the all volunteer parade committee of Kevin Kramis, Margo Arnoske, Monica Fulton, Pat Squires, Donna Spiteri, Sue Nicholas, Rob Cox, DanYork and Craig Sayer. Thanks to Kim Dold and the DDA for hosting the post-parade event. Thanks to the Bob Muery and the GC Police Department for helping to keep the streets safe. Thanks to the GC DPS for pulling Santa's sleigh and for providing a bucket truck for one of the cameras for the GCTV telecast. Thanks to the volunteer crew of GCTV for putting the event on TV. (GCTV wishes to apologize for a DTE power problem which caused the telecast to lose audio for the last ten minutes). Thanks to the Inside/Out Church for providing hot chocolate at beginning of the parade. Thanks to Dave Coletta for salting the GCHS parking lot. Thanks to Steve Valenti for videotaping the route with his drone-we'll have a link to the footage this week. Thanks to Gordon Chevrolet and North Bros. Ford (via Mayor Walker) for providing vehicles for the parade. Thanks to Jamie Racklyeft and Conner Gibbons for helping with the staging in the TV area. There are so many to thank and more will be thanked on the upcoming weeks. Merry Christmas.