It is time to start planning your entry! The city of Durand would like to invite you to participate in Santa’s Light Parade. This annual, family-friendly holiday event will be 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27.
“Light-up your tractor; build a float; adorn your auto, motorcycle or riding lawn mower; decorate a golf cart; or even string some lights on you and a pet,” it was noted. Participants don’t need a generator to power their lights; with an inverter and LED lights, the process is simple. Tim Shaw has volunteered his technical support and he can be reached at Shaw’s Pharmacy, (989) 288-6886. “The only limitation is your imagination. Participants may win a trophy or cash prizes that have been donated by the Downtown Development Authority (DDA).”
New this year: The parade line-up will be on Oakland Street next to the tennis courts, on the south side of Trumble Park. The parade will proceed south on Saginaw Street and finish at the Sandula Clock tower downtown, where Santa usually lights up the city’s Christmas lights.
The parade theme is “Trains & Toys!” and the categories for trophies are: “Best use of Theme,” “Best use of Lights,” “Best Commercial Unit,” “President’s Choice” and “Mayor’s Choice.”
Applications and rules are available at Shaw’s Pharmacy, the Durand Area Chamber of Commerce and Durand City Hall. After the parade, Santa will be greeting children at the historic Durand Union Station. There, they will be treated to crafts, storytelling, cookies and, of course, an opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap. “The city of Durand welcomes everyone to come join in the fun as Santa kicks off the Christmas season in Durand,” it was emphasized.