Getting ready for the big parade

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 November 2013 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Before they ventured down Park Avenue and emerged on Main Street in downtown Medina, the floats for the Parade of Lights gathered in the parking lot at the Olde Pickle Factory.

It was a spectacular site, seeing about 50 floats altogether. All of the entries showed a lot of spirit and many were very creative.

I thought the fleet of reindeer, with Rudolph as the leader, was particularly good. It looked like a bunch of real reindeer with a red-nosed Rudolph. Matt C.M. Contracting created this float.

I took the pre-parade photos with a SmartPhone. Some of them are a little fuzzy, including this one of East Shelby firefighters, with Fire Chief Mike Fuller in the front. I wanted to use it on the Orleans Hub because it shows the spirit and willingness of the participants to put on a good parade.

The Town of Oakfield joined Medina’s parade, one of several participants from outside Medina.

The Wildwood Lake KOA Campground in Medina was part of the Parade of Lights for the first time.

These parade participants have a few things to go over before heading out on the parade route.

Albion FFA members created a float with a Grinch and Whoville theme.