SANTALAND PARADE COMMITTEE AND DDA CONTINUE TITLE SPONSORSHIP FOR 2019
The Santaland Parade committee and the Garden City Downtown Development Authority are exciting to continue their decade long partnership as title sponsorship of Garden City's longest running event. Agian this year the DDA will contribute $7,000 towards the operation and management of this year's parade.
John Prosch, the chair-
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59TH ANNUAL GCDDA SANTALAND PARADE IS A CROWD FAVORITE!
The 2019 Garden City Downtown Development Authority Sanaland Parade was a huge success, thrilling thousands of spectators on the route and thousands more watch on TV and on social media.
The 59th annual parade included four high school marching bands, dozens of groups and floats, two grand marshals, mascots and of course Santa.
The float winners were Garden City Soccer Club in first place, Tipton School in second and PKSA Karate in third. Thanks to everyone who appeared in the parade, to all who volunteered and all who attended. Thanks to the City of Garden City for all of their support, especially the Police and DPS. Thanks to all of our sponsors including our title sponsor the DDA. Also thanks to the all volunteer Santaland Parade Committee members who worked hundreds of hours to put the parade on. More photos and thanks to come. Don't forget, Santaland 60 is November 28,2020.
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IN-PERSON SANTALAND PARADE CANCELED FOR 2020
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the Covid 19 pandemic and any future executive orders from the Governor, the live/in-person 2020 Garden City Downtown Development Authority Santaland Parade has been regrettably canceled. Since this was to be the 60th annual parade, a number of video segments will be produced along with a “virtual parade” showing highlights of the past telecasts of the parade beginning in the mid 80s. The virtual parade will be shown on the Santaland Parade Facebook at www. facebook.com/santalandparade and on the Santaland YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/santalandparade on Saturday, November 28th, what would have been the 2020 parade. The virtual parade will also be on GCTV.
“We just couldn’t see how we could do it,” said Dan York, a member of the Santaland Parade Committee. “We’re not comfortable asking businesses for donations when there are so many charities that are in need during this unprecedented time. We’d rather our sponsors donate to local charities like the Goodfellows, the Mayor’s Committee for Underprivileged Children or the Food Pantry.” Other contributing factors include the logistics of social distancing, that fact the high schools in the area will not be putting together marching bands and that local service clubs and organizations would most likely not be able to provide support or even participate in the event. “Even if we went ahead and planned this year’s parade, there is no guarantee that an increase in Covid numbers or a change in State policy wouldn’t cancel it closer to the day. We hate to have people work so hard for nothing. Right now the State is still limiting outdoor gatherings to 100. There are also a number of fixed costs we would have had to commit to that we would not have been able to get a refund for once we committed to this year’s parade. The whole thing this makes us sick to our stomachs, but we can’t see a way to put the parade on this year and still honor its tradition.”
The 2021 parade will be identified as the 60th Garden City Downtown Development Authority Santaland Parade and will be held on Saturday, November 27, 2021. The first parade was put on by the Garden City Jaycees on November 25, 1961. The Santaland Parade Committee will be spending the next year making sure the 2021 parade is the biggest and best parade ever.
The Parade Committee is looking at some virtual events including a “Zoom with Santa” project and possibly some events next summer to celebrate our return to “normal.” More information on these events will be made available in the future.
The Parade Committee is asking everyone with photos or video or film of any of the parades from the sixties and seventies to post them on the Santaland Facebook page. “We’re hoping we can gather lots of content from the parades before they were on television to help celebrate the 60th “, said Kevin Kramis, member of the Parade Committee. “Even if we can’t be together, we can still celebrate Garden City’s longest running tradition. I remember being in the parade as a kid and it going past my house on the way to the park…hopefully some folks have some stuff that we can share with the community.”