Parade to give it another try

File photoSanta Claus will arrive in style in downtown Michigan City on Saturday, on board an MCFD ladder truck during the annual Snowflake Parade.

MICHIGAN CITY —The weather is expected to be a little better this weekend, when the holiday season officially gets started in Michigan City on Saturday with the annual Snowflake Parade.

The parade, for the first time in its history, was postponed last week, when constant rain and high winds would have made parade-watching a somewhat daunting task.

Never fear, promoters say, this Saturday's forecast calls for partly sunny skies, though temperatures will only be in the low 30s – Christmas weather.

“Get your snow boots out and wish lists ready,” Tony Drzewiecki, spokesman for the Michigan City Fire Department, which sponsors the annual parade along North Franklin Street in the Uptown Arts District, said.

The dancers, float-builders, performers and others in the parade line-up have had an extra week to get things perfect, he added.

The parade will begin at 4 p.m. at 10th and Franklin and march north to 4th Street.

Following the parade will be the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Michigan City Public Library square. Santa Claus will flip the switch and officially kick off the holiday season downtown.

The Michigan City High School Choir will be riding on the Fire Department ladder truck, along with Santa, before joining the community in singing Christmas carols during the tree lighting ceremony.

Firefighters will help keep parade-goers fend off the cold by serving hot chocolate and holiday cookies during the tree-lighting ceremony.

Spectators are again asked to bring canned food donations for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. Volunteers from The La Porte County House Wives Association will be collecting donated items along the parade route.

Kids can also bring letters for Santa – Michigan City Postal carriers will be on hand to collect them and send them on their way to the North Pole.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will receive guests after the parade at the Historic Santa House at the corner of 7th and Franklin. They will also be available at the house on weekends through the holiday season.

City Councilman Johnny Stimley will be at 10th and Franklin lining up participants for the parade.

“The Michigan City Snowflake parade is one of my favorites,” Santa Claus said in a statement. “I travel the world and participate in numerous parades, but there’s something about the nighttime twinkle and the lovely people in Michigan City that makes this the highlight of the season for me and Mrs. Claus.”

The Uptown merchants will be stamping letters to Santa before the parade

• When: 3 p.m. (Before the parade) Saturday.

• Where: Uptown Arts District in Michigan City

The North Pole is excited to announce the Merchants of the Uptown Arts District in Michigan City will be helping Santa this year by doing the first check on his "naughty and nice" list. Participating merchants will be stamping letters to mark every girl and boy’s good behavior starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, right before the start of the parade.

Good children can claim treats at each participating business and will also receive paper to write their letters before Santa parades down Franklin Street.

The more you visit, the more stamps you can acquire to show Santa how good you have been all year! Participating merchants include: Hoity-Toity, Paris House Of Bridal, The Nest, Patina Vintage Goods, The Closet By Franklin Vintage & Chef Bizzaro Millinery, Beach Bum Jewels, Quality Beet and more!

Just look for Santa’s official letter of approval on merchant doors or head over to the Facebook Event online for the full list of participating merchants.

For more information contact Amanda Joyner of Chef Bizzaro Millinery 219.395.6266

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