Holiday Parade Kicks off Downtown Festivities

(Toledo, OH) Veteran's Day will kick off Toledo's holiday season this year. 

The annual Holiday Parade in downtown Toledo happens to fall on Veteran's Day this year, so military outfits will be prominently featured along the route.  A World War Two-era Avenger and B-28 will do a flyover to salute veterans. 

The 30th annual parade will feature more than 80 units this year. The parade grand marshal is Toledo Walleye captain Alden Hirschfield of Sylvania. Santa Claus and Toledo's Distinguished Clown Corps will also make an appearance during the parade, which starts along Summit Street and winds to Washington. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Meantime, dozens more runners will take to the holiday parade route in downtown Toledo for the annual Red Kettle Relay and 5K. The event promotes the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign and serves as a kickoff to the holiday collection season. The course will run three laps along the parade route through downtown Toledo with each member of a three-person relay team running a one-mile lap.

Shoppers looking for home-made holiday items can get a big jump on their shopping tomorrow at Handmade Toledo’s annual Maker’s Mart, holiday edition. The so-called Indie Craft Fair will only cost a one-dollar admission for access to more than 120 Midwest crafters and creators. The event runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Handmade Toledo on Adams Street in downtown Toledo.

Downtown Toledo will light up for the holiday season following tomorrow’s holiday parade. Imagination Station is offering sessions with Santa Saturday afternoon and an ugly sweater stitching session. Promedica has a mini-festival of sorts at Promenade Park 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. featuring carolers, local bands, and food trucks. 

Hensville will fire up 200-thousand twinkling lights during a ceremony Saturday evening at 6 p.m. The Renaissance Toledo Hotel is hosting its first-ever Deck the Heights holiday party at 7 p.m. There’s also a home hockey game for the Toledo Walleye Saturday night at the Huntington Center.

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