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Published: Monday, 11/11/2013

Home for the Holidays parade set for Dec. 1 in Perrysburg

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Clydesdales, horse-drawn carriages, dancers, clowns, unique vehicles, a marching band, and, of course, Santa Claus will be in the Home for the Holidays parade in Perrysburg at 4 p.m. Dec. 1.

Downtown Perrysburg Inc. presents the annual parade that will begin at Toth Elementary and take Seventh Street to Louisiana Avenue through downtown Perrysburg to Front Street.

“The parade is always so exciting. You won’t want to miss this holiday tradition and see how the downtown is lit up with anticipation of the holiday season,” said Rick Thielen, executive director of Downtown Perrysburg, Inc.

Area sports teams, Boy and Girl Scouts, student clubs, businesses, and other organizations participate in the parade with no fee. Participants enter by being at Toth Elementary between 2:30 and 3:45 p.m. on Dec. 1. Other groups aren't allowed to bring a Santa Claus. Registration forms can be obtained at the Perrysburg Messenger Journal or through an email request to Mr. Thielen at downtownperrysburg@gmail.com.

"It is a nice parade with local businesses and church groups," O'Deer Diner owner Rick Ruffner said. "Candy is thrown out. It is not huge, but it is a nice community event with the tree lighting after."

A tree-lighting ceremony will be at 5 p.m. at Hood Park, along with caroling and entertainment. It is next to the Commodore Perry Monument.

Downtown Perrysburg Inc. will provide hot chocolate and candy canes for free.

In addition to the parade, there will be donations being accepted for Perrysburg Christians United for non-perishable food items, toys, and money to go to families in need. Members of the non-profit organization will collect donations during the parade.

Donations also will be collected for children wanting to visit with Santa during the Christmas season. From 1 to 2 p.m. every Saturday in December before Christmas, children can get their photos taken with Santa at O'Deer Diner and if they turn in a toy or non-perishable food item the children get an ice cream cone.

"The parade kicks off the holiday season for our community," Mr. Ruffner said.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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