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Parade of Lights welcomes entries for Nov. 30 event in Medina

Photos by Tom Rivers: Takeform repeated as the grand champion in the 10th annual Parade of Lights in the 2018 parade. The Medina business created a float with a Tropical Christmas theme. There were 45 entries in last year’s 10th anniversary parade.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 October 2019 at 6:02 pm

MEDINA – The Committee for the Parade of Lights urges local businesses and organizations to enter a float in the Parade of Lights on Nov. 30. This will be the 11thyear for the parade, which follows on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Participants are encouraged to send in an entry form to ensure a position in the parade, which starts at 6 p.m. at the Olde Pickle Factory on Park Avenue and continues through the downtown. The deadline to enter is Nov. 25. (Parade entry forms are available at www.christmasinmedina.com.)

The parade is the culmination of a daylong celebration in downtown Medina, sponsored by the Medina Business Association and the Village’s Tourism Committee. Some of the activities include a noon-time parade on Main Street with Santa, a 5K race in the morning and numerous other events.

This year’s edition of the parade includes music at Rotary Park by Prime Time Brass from Churchville at 5 p.m. and the Community Tree Lighting ceremony at 5:30, followed by a fireworks display by Young Explosives.

“This year there are a few surprises that we’re sure will delight the crowd,” said Jim Hancock, the parade chairman.

The parade is adding DownBeat Percussion, which is a regular performer at the Buffalo Bills home games.

The parade route also has been lengthened. Instead of ending at NAPA Parts, the parade will extend to Hartway Motors. This will give additional viewing for the crowds on Main Street.  There also will be a spot for handicapped parking and viewing in the Five Star Bank parking lot. Space is limited, but will the additions allow an opportunity for better parking and viewing of the parade.

Organizers are also looking for volunteers to be parade marshals.  Anyone interested in helping can call Hancock at (585) 798-2118.

The Lyndonville Fire Department won Best in Class for the fourth consecutive year in 2018.

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