More Than 75 Units Prepare for 31st Annual Blade Holiday Parade

Daily Dose  |  11/08/2018 10:00 am

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. Of course, 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 or before the event beginning at 7:30 a.m.

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.