annual Blade Holiday Parade set for Nov. 17
TOLEDO: Time to untangle
the lights, gather the decorations, and kick off the holiday
season with the 31st annual Blade Holiday Parade
presented by the Monroe Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM Superstore and
Distinguished Clown Corps.
The parade, with more than
75 units including marching bands, floats, giant balloons, dance
teams, and more, will begin in downtown Toledo at 10 a.m. on
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Santa Claus will make a visit and go
from the parade to Imagination Station to hear wishes from all
the boys and girls.
The grand marshal will be
Bruce Gradkowski, a former University of Toledo and NFL
quarterback. After a record-setting career with the Rockets,
Gradkowski played 11 seasons in the NFL for five teams including
Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Oakland, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh. He is
the color analyst on the UT football radio network and is a
co-host on a weekly SiriusXM NFL Radio show. Gradkowski, a local
restaurant owner, recently received a 20 Under 40 Leadership
Recognition Award from Leadership Toledo which honors
individuals who have distinguished themselves in their career
and/or as a volunteer in the community. He is also a community
ambassador for ProMedica.
Walt Churchill's Market,
WTVG 13abc, iHeartRadio 101.5 The River, and Buckeye Broadband
are also sponsors of the parade.
Prior to the parade will
be the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Relay, 5K and Family Fun Run
which begins at 8:30 a.m. (Family Fun Run at 9:15 a.m.) from The
Blade parking lot. Participants can register at
everalracemgt.enmotive.com or before the event beginning at 7:30
The parade will air on
Buckeye Broadband’s BCAN (Ch. 109/609) on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.
and on BCSN2 (Ch. 109/609) on Nov. 19 at 8 a.m. It will also air
on the Community Channel (Ch. 69) on Nov. 22 at noon and 3:30
p.m., Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m., and Nov. 24 at noon.