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2016 BLADE Downtown Holiday Parade

Parade Start Time 10:00 am
Staging for the parade begins at 8:00 am

Santa will take a new route this year.

The 29th Annual Blade Holiday Parade, presented by the Taylor Automotive Family, will step off at 10 a.m. in downtown Toledo on Saturday, November 12. With nearly 20,000 spectators and more than 80 participating organizations, this is one of the largest holiday parades in the Midwest.

The parade will extend its route this year through the Warehouse District. It begins at the corner of North Summit and Jefferson streets, turning left onto Adams Street and making its way to Huron Street, going left all the way to Lafayette Street, left again on St. Clair Street, and finishing at Monroe Street.
This year’s Grand Marshal will be Calysta Bevier, an Otsego High School student who performed on America’s Got Talent and is a cancer survivor. After the parade, Calysta will conduct a meet-and-greet and perform at Kris Kringle Village in Hensville Park. She will sing holiday songs and songs from her new album.

The star of the parade, Santa himself, will arrive on a special float pulled by nine reindeer. After the parade, Santa will be available at Imagination Station for free photos and to hear children’s Christmas wishes, courtesy of Taylor Automotive.

More than 100 members of the Distinguished Clown Corps will participate. When the parade was first begun, local business executives were invited to be a clown for a day to make balloons and hand out candy along the parade route. Today, the Distinguished Clown Corps includes some of the city’s top executives, and their sponsorship helps pay for many of the expenses associated with the Holiday Parade.

Other highlights include high school and college marching bands, giant helium balloons, Zenobia Shrine entertainment units, floats, equestrian units, vintage and unique vehicles, dance troupes, and more.

       Taylor Automotive Family, which has presented the Holiday Parade for a number of years, wants children to have an opportunity to meet Santa Claus. Following the parade, Santa will be at Imagination Station to greet children, hear their Christmas wishes, and take photos for free.

       The Blade Holiday Parade presented by Taylor Automotive Family will be hosted by Rick Woodell of 101.5 The River. A taped-delay broadcast of the parade will be shown on Buckeye Broadband Channel 69 at noon on November 24 and November 26.

Event date:

Saturday November 12, 2016


Fairs & Festivals, Outdoor Recreation, Performing Arts & Culture, Community Events, Holiday & Seasonal, Kids & Family


10:00am - 12:00pm


Downtown Toledo
Summit & Jefferson
Toledo, OH 43604
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For more Information contact Mark Peddicord at 419.724.6394

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