Santa and Mrs Claus won’t be arriving in their Grosse Pointe-themed sleigh this year – it was recently auctioned off by Grosse Pointe Park – but they will still wave to the crowd from a special vehicle during the Santa Claus Parade de Grosse Pointe November 26.
GROSSE POINTE CITY / FARMS – After being canceled last year due to the pandemic, the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce promises that this year’s Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade will be a spectacle unlike anything in the community has never seen.
From pre-parade food trucks brought by the Grosse Pointe program from the village’s main street to an early flyby, the post-Thanksgiving tradition gets a new start, and that’s just the introduction of the big event.
“This parade will be the biggest parade Grosse Pointe has ever seen,” GPCC Executive Director Jennifer Palms Boettcher said in an email interview.
Catie DeLoof, a native of Grosse Pointe Park and a graduate of Grosse Pointe South High School, will be the parade marshal. DeLoof won a bronze medal in swimming in the 4X100 freestyle relay at the Tokyo Summer Olympics this year.
Additionally, Palms Boettcher said there would be princesses, Parade Company floats, military vehicles, performances by local dance groups and seven marching bands, and appearances from the Redford Unicycle Club, Detroit Ghostbusters and more. Again.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on November 26 at Lewiston Road and Kercheval Avenue in Grosse Pointe Farms, traveling just over a mile to Kercheval and Cadieux Road in Grosse Pointe City. It will take place, as is traditionally the case, the day after Thanksgiving.
Palms Boettcher said the GPCC is providing candy cane glow sticks to spectators to be distributed by public safety officers along the route. The central branch of the Grosse Pointe public library at Grosse Pointe Farms will distribute hot chocolate, donuts and take-out craft kits, she said.
The GPCC began to mount the parade in 2012.
This year’s theme is “A Magical and Frosty Christmas” and business owners have been invited to create foam snowmen to decorate their establishments for a chance to win a prize. The GPCC said maps showing the location of the snowmen will be available on November 26.
While Santa’s Grosse Pointe-themed sleigh and Toys for Tots train were both recently auctioned off by Grosse Pointe Park, organizers say Santa will always arrive in proper style.
“While it was and still is a big disappointment, the House is not about to let Santa and Mrs. Claus down, so we quickly secured the car belonging to Bill Bresser which was Father’s car. Original Christmas before Santa’s sleigh was built. ”Says Palms Boettcher. “The carriage is currently in one of Santa’s Assistant Workshops under development, so it will be shiny and shiny for Santa on November 26.”
At the end of the parade, after Santa Claus and Mrs Noel received the key to the city, Palms Boettcher said they would be heading to the new Coreander’s Children’s Bookshoppe down the street at 15118 Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe Park, to meet children for photos.
During the holidays, Santa Claus will meet the young people in the old Calico area of the Village, where parents can get free photos and where children can make an ornament and more.
The parade will be preceded by the 22nd annual Grosse Pointe Lions Club Jingle Bell Family Fun Walk / Run, which will begin at 9 a.m. on the parade route. Registration and package pickup will begin at 8:00 a.m. that morning. For more information or to register for the run / walk, visit the Grosse Pointe Lions Club Facebook page.
Main Street general manager Cindy Willcock said everyone in the village was excited to see the parade return.
“I think we are all eager to get back to a new normal while staying safe,” Willcock said.
Willcock added that the GPCC had “big things planned” for the parade.
Although Avenue Kercheval is closed to traffic during the parade, all parking lots and the parking lot in the village will be open, Willcock said. She said they will have food trucks with breakfast items before the parade.
“Hopefully that will encourage (people) to come down early and stay (after the parade) for a meal or to go shopping,” Willcock said.
Organizers hope to see smiling faces of all ages along the parade route again this year.
“We are delighted that the community can experience this great event together! Said Palms Boettcher.
For more information, contact the GPCC at (313) 881-4722 or visit www.grossepointechamber.com.