All of the hard work and effort by the Downtown Garden City Santaland Parade Committee has paid off and the 54th edition of Garden City's greatest holiday tradition is ready to go. This year's parade theme is "Christmas through the Decades" and includes over 60 entries. The parade's grand marshals are Miss Michigan 2014 KT Maviglia and six Garden City medalists from the Wayne County Senior Olympics. This year's parade can boast about having four high school marching bands. Along with regular contributors Taylor Kennedy, Livonia Franklin and Garden City, the award winning Oak Park Marching Knights will participate for the first time ever. "I can't ever remember the parade having four bands before," gushed Margo Arnoske-one of the parade committee members. "Oak Park will be a great addition to our parade."
Returning this year is the Great Lakes Garrison, a subdivision of the 501st Legion, the premier Imperial Star Wars costuming group. Again along with the US Marines, they will be collecting new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots along the parade route. You can hand your donation off to one of your favorite Star Wars characters as they march by or donation boxes will be located at the end of the parade route in the DDA tent.
Add to that the Harmony Acres Arabian horses, the Redford Unicycle Club, the Redford Jaycees Lawnmower Drill Corp, several pageant winners, the GCHS Homecoming Court, classic cars, Stan the Magical Fireman, the Taylor Shrine Club Tin Lizzies, parade balloons, floats, marchers, dignitaries, team mascots and more and you have the makings for a great parade. And oh, by the way, the entire reason for the parade, Santa will once again make his way through Garden City with his 100 year old Currier and Ives sleigh.
The 2014 parade will be Saturday, November 29th beginning at 10am. The parade will begin at Garden
City High School, travel south on Middlebelt Road, turn east on Ford Road and conclude on Central Street
where the Garden City Downtown Development Authority will again put on their post-parade event where
children can meet with Santa and warm up with hot chocolate and cookies. The gathering will be held in the
DDA's event space located south of Kroger on the northeast corner of Ford and Middlebelt.
The Downtown Santaland Parade will be shown live on GCTV beginning at 9:50 am , which is channel 12
Please advise your group to follow the instructions of the parade managers, including once the parade begins. There will be a stage manager at Block Street that will slow or stop groups to create the proper spacing for TV. There will also be a stage manager in the telecast area in front of City Hall. Your group is to stop ONLY if you are instructed to by the stage manager. The stage manager will have signs directing your group to stop or go. You must proceed forward in the parade when instructed. We realize that every group wants to stop and perform for television, but we have a large number of groups this year and we are restricted by Wayne County and the Police Department as to how long we can close the road.
Also be advised, if your group is stopped or told to speed up by the lead parade official or the Police Officer at the beginning of the parade, you must following their instructions. Even though it may seem odd to stop when there is no entry in front of you, it is imperative for the spacing of the parade. If the front of the parade goes too fast, gaps are created that have a negative impact on how the parade appears to the spectators.
We also remind you that the throwing of candy is prohibited for the safety of the spectators and parade participants. Please walk candy and other goodies to the curb.
Thanks for your cooperation in this matter to help makes this a great parade to watch and a safe parade to be in.
NOTICE TO PARTICIPANTS AND GROUP
LEADERS FOR PARADE DAY
Watch the 2014 Downtown Garden City Parade LIVE on GCTV
(Comcast 12, WOW 18 and U-verse 99) on Garden City cable or