Medina names grand marshal for Parade of Lights

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 19 November 2019 at 9:52 pm

MEDINA – Parade of Lights chairman Jim Hancock has announced a longtime supporter of Medina’s Christmas celebrations will be the grand marshal of the Parade of Lights at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30.

Jackie DeHollander, who with her late husband Shelley, thrilled children for more than 20 years as the couple portrayed Santa and Mrs. Claus.

“She loves bringing smiles to children and this is our way of saying thank you for her years of dedication,” Hancock said.

Hancock has also released the names of bands which will entertain on the four corners in Medina and during the parade.

Medina’s state champion Mustang Marching Band will return with a newcomer, the Jordan-Elbridge Downbeat Percussion. They will be joined by Prime Time Brass of Webster and Mark Time Marchers of Churchville, who are making their sixth appearance.

Hancock said floats are coming in slowly and he encourages individuals, companies and businesses to enter a float. He thinks perhaps the extra cold November and recent snowstorm may be deterring people from getting out and working on a float. He is optimistic a warmup in the weather will result in more entries.

He also wants to remind the public the parade route has been extended by nearly a block on North Main Street, and he is grateful to Five Star Bank for offering the bank’s parking lot for handicapped parking. Those who are disabled may park there and watch the parade from that spot.

He added the fireworks over Main Street before the start of the parade will be “absolutely spectacular” this year.

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