38 entries in Medina’s Parade of Lights

Photos by Tom Rivers: The Lyndonville Fire Department won Best in Class in 2018. The department has been decorating fire trucks for the parade for several years.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 November 2021 at 7:08 pm

MEDINA – Medina’s Parade of Lights on Saturday includes 38 entries, with four marching bands and nine first-time parade participants.

The parade typically has 35 to 40 parade entries. Last year, there were about 20 when Medina shifted to a “reverse parade” where the entries were stationary and people drove by from their vehicles.

Jim Hancock, the parade chairman, said organizers and participants are happy to be back for a “normal” parade with the procession starting at the Olde Pickle Factory on Park Avenue and then working its way downtown on Main Street. This year’s parade marshal will be Steve Morse, who has portrayed Santa Claus for many years.

The four marching bands in the parade include Mark Time Marchers, Prime Time Brass, Pembroke High School Marching Band and the Medina Mustang Band, which is coming off its 15th state championship. The band will be joined by alumni from graduating years of 1975 to 2021.

Prime Time Brass will perform at the four corners of Main and Center streets beginning at 5 p.m. The community Christmas tree will be lit at 5:30 p.m. at Rotary Park.  There will be a special performance by Stacey Steverson at 5:40. Fireworks will go off at 5:55 and the Parade will start promptly at 6 p.m., Hancock said.

There are activities throughout the day, including a noon parade down Main Street with Santa and Mrs. Claus coming to town. Click here for a full schedule of events.

Fireworks burst in the sky in downtown Medina just before the 11th annual Parade of Lights on Nov. 30, 2019. Fireworks are scheduled for 5:55 p.m. on Saturday.