KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Kalamazoo will kick off the holiday season Saturday morning with its annual Maple Hill Kalamazoo Holiday Parade.
The procession starts at 11 a.m. and will travel down W. Michigan Avenue, Park, Lovell and Pitcher streets.
More than 90 entries are expected to wind down the streets, including five giant balloons of Santa, a reindeer, a Thanksgiving turkey, a gift box and a tree ornament. Each balloon takes 15 to 20 people to wrangle during the parade.
Western Michigan University Bronco marching band and local high school marching bands will serenade parade-goers, and WOOD TV8 will also be well-represented with several familiar faces from 24 Hour News 8 on our own festive float.
While this is the 57th year for the parade, visitors will see some changes. The parade VIP bleachers and grand stand/announcers stage have moved to the Kalamazoo Mall at Michigan Avenue this year. Families can also stay toasty in a new warming tent, or visit the Civic on South Street to stay warm.
After the parade, the fun continues at WOOD TV8’s downtown Kalamazoo studios with cookies, milk and visits with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their reindeer.
Families can also visit The Kalamazoo Mall for activities, hot chocolate, balloons and goodie bags from local businesses and organizations.
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