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Fiftieth Holiday Parade Steps Off Saturday in Kalamazoo


KALAMAZOO --  After a spectacular fall morning yesterday, the weather turned cold, wet and blustery Wednesday, with strong gusts of up to 60mph causing scattered power outages in west Michigan.  

To the north, the story was snow.  

Forecasters say it’s a taste of things to come with winter just ahead but they also say it will improve by the weekend, in time for the Holiday Parade in Kalamazoo on Saturday. 

The holidays have traditionally come early in Kalamazoo, because of the scheduling of the holiday parade and this year the event reaches a milestone, its 50th anniversary, and that means an extra celebration.

They will be holding a birthday celebration with free cake on the mall after the parade.   

Parade director Deb Droppers said the big helium balloons that became famous because of the MACY’s Christmas Parade will be back, but you don’t have to go to New York to see them, and the Bronco Marching Band will be just one of 11 bands in this year’s parade.

It will kick off from the staging area on E. Lovell at 10:15 this Saturday morning and follow the usual route through the downtown.

Our own Lori Moore and Richard Piet will host live coverage of the parade on 96.5 WKZO, WKZO.com and on Cable Access Channel 95 Saturday morning.