55TH ANNUAL DOWNTOWN GARDEN CITY
READY TO GO
The 55th Downtown Garden City Santaland Parade, brought to you by the Garden City Downtown Development Authority and presented by Michigan Credit Union League, is ready to go on Saturday, November 28th at 10am. Again this year the parade will start at Garden City High School, travel south on Middlebelt Road, turn left on Ford Road and end up at the Garden City Town Center parking lot where the DDA will hold the post-parade event.
The theme of this year’s parade is Christmas in the Mitten and the Grand Marshall of the 2015 Downtown Garden City Santaland Parade is University of Michigan softball stand-out and Garden City resident Kelsey Susalla. Kelsey drove in the game-winning run with a first-inning RBI single in 1-0 win vs. #1 Florida in Women's College World Series championship series game two on June 2.
Over 70 entries are expected including four marching bands (Garden City, Kennedy, Franklin and Oak Park) the Great Lakes Garrison Star Wars costuming group, Miss Wayne County 2015, the Michigan Wheelmen riding antique bicycles, the GCHS Homecoming Court, the Redford Jaycees Lawn Mower Drill Corp, the Motor City Ghostbusters, the Harmony Acres Arabian Horses, Paws from the Detroit Tigers and Roary from the Lions, the American Legion Riders, the Royal Arch Masons, Sam the Fireman, the Redford Unicycle Club and dozens of local scout troops, community organizations, marchers, floats and more. Along with watching the parade in person, the parade will be live on GCTV (Comcast 12, WOW 18 and U-verse 99) and streamed live to the internet at www.gardencitymi.org/gctv. Just in time for this year’s parade and the drop in temperatures, the Downtown Garden City Santaland Parade Committee is selling special hoodies with the logo, “Straight Outta Santaland.” The hoodies come in two styles, black with a three color logo and black and red with the three color logo. The hoodies that were designed by Garden City resident Jim Neve, the owner of Inkorporate Graphics, can be purchased at the Maplewood Center, City Hall and online through the parade website at www.santalandparade.com.
The black only hoodies are only $25 and the black hoodies with red sleeves with laces are only $35. Profits from the sale of the hoodies will go toward the operation of the Downtown Garden City Santaland.
“We hope to capitalize on the ‘Straight Outta…craze,” said parade committee member Kevin Kramis. “We took a couple of years off from selling hoodies and people have been asking when we would have them again.”
The Downtown Garden City Santaland Parade, brought to you by the Downtown Garden City Authority and presented by Michigan Credit Union League, is totally self-funded and the hoodies help supplement the donations that come in from local businesses. Along with the title sponsorship by the Garden City DDA ($7,000), Michigan Credit Union League is the new Presenting Sponsor ($2,000). $1,000 donations have been made by Garden City Hospital and the DTE Energy Foundation. A $700 in-kind donation has been made by Inkorporate Graphics. $500 donations have come in from Fleming Financial Services, Gordon Chevrolet, Barsamian Family Dentistry, the Santeiu Family, , Garden City Medical Center, Orin Jewelers and Harris Funeral Homes. Donations of $250 have come from Mayor Randy Walker and his wife Linda, Hemming, Polaczyk, Cronin, Whitoff and Bennett PC, Urgent Care One, McKenna and Associates and Hershey’s Shoes. $100 was donated by GC Ace Hardware.
Along with the dozens of volunteers that come from the Garden City Community Coalition and the Family Resource Center, the Santaland Parade Committee (which is a part of the Garden City Community Coalition) is made up of Monica Fulton, Pat Squires, Margo Arnoske, Rob Cox, Craig Sayers, Kevin Kramis and Dan York.
The parade committee wants to remind participants that the parade can no longer allow the throwing of candy and other objects to the curb. Pat Squires, a member of the committee advised, "We don't want to discourage anyone from handing out candy and other goodies, but they have to be walked to the curb and handed out. We are very concerned about kids running into the path of a float or a vehicle and getting hurt." Volunteers will be on hand to try and keep everyone on the curb. Those volunteers will also be providing candy to hand out to those who stay out of the street.
Information on the 2015 Downtown Garden City Santaland Parade can be found on the parade’s website at www.santalandparade.com or follow the parade on Facebook at Garden City Santaland Parade.