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Medina will host reverse Parade of Lights

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 September 2020 at 10:18 am

Floats will be stationary with spectators doing drive-through at Medina school campus on Nov. 28

Photo by Tom Rivers: Spectators lined Main Street in medina on Nov. 24, 2018 to watch 45 floats, including a Lyndonville fire truck (pictured). This year, there won’t be a crowd standing to watch the parade. It will be drive-through on Nov. 28.

MEDINA – The 12th annual Parade of Lights is planned for Nov. 28. It will be a different, “a reverse parade,” said organizer Jim Hancock.

Instead of thousands of people lining a parade route on Park Avenue and Main Street, the spectators will be on the move this year. The floats will be stationary on the Medina school district campus. People can drive along the district’s access road, from West Orchard Street to Maple Ridge Road, to see the lighted floats.

“Instead of the parade going by you, you will go by the floats,” Hancock said this morning.

The parade committee wanted to keep the event going. It has become a popular holiday tradition in Medina on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Hancock and the committee have reached out to last year’s participants and 60-70 percent already agreed to participate. Hancock welcomes more participation.

The committee will continue to give out prizes to the top floats.

The parade is usually at 6 p.m., but Hancock said it might start earlier this year to give people more time to see the displays.

“Medina has a very large campus that is spread out,” he said. “We’re still working out the logistics for how it will all happen.”

For more information, call Hancock at (585) 798-2118.

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