Parade brings Holiday Magic
Published: Friday, November 12, 2010
The procession of floats, musical acts, youth groups, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus, begins at Lincoln Avenue and heads north to Fourth Street.
This year’s performers include the Royal Oak High School Marching Band, the Cass Tech Marching Band, the Ferndale Marching Band, Hype Syndicate, The Candy Band, Luther Keith Badman Blues Band, Detroit School of Rock and Pop, Ealain Ceime School of Irish Dance and the Rock n Roll K-9s.
Families are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to the parade to be collected by Marines walking along the parade route. The play items will be distributed through the Toys for Tots Foundation.
Free parking is available downtown until 2 p.m. and those who can’t make in person can watch streaming live video at www.myfoxdetroit.com.
After the parade, children can visit Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stagecrafters, which is located at Fifth Street and Lafayette Avenue. Snacks and crafts also will be available.
Before the parade, at 9:30 a.m., the Santa Scamper will be held again by Oak Apple Fitness and Downtown Royal Oak! Santa Scamper is a children’s fun run that also benefits the Toys for Tot Foundation. Participants will have an opportunity to run the parade route before the parade and will receive a Santa Scamper Santa Hat and complementary hot chocolate. Pre-registration is currently available for $10 online at www.santascamper.org; parade day registration will take place at First United Methodist Church of Royal Oak, located at the corner of Sixth and Lafayette, for $12.