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BROAD RIPPLE Lights Up! Neighborhood Parade Saturday, December 12th
posted: Dec. 04, 2009
The city's first known holiday twilight parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2009, bringing Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse drawn carriage to Broad Ripple Fire Station #32 for the annual lighting of the M&I Bank tree. Grand Marshal Jennie DeVoe will lead the lighted parade from Broad Ripple High School to the historic firehouse at the corner of Westfield and Guilford.
The route will be lit by luminarias provided by the American Cancer Society. The parade will include the Broad Ripple High School Marching Band, floats, walking units, and antique cars. Parade entries will be accepted until Friday, December 11.
The festivities at the brightly decorated firehouse will begin at 3 p.m. on December 12th and will include caroling, live reindeer and elves presented by Jingle John, crafts, and free refreshments for kids. Music by Deep River Roots Band will begin at the firehouse at 5:45 pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus will leave the parade route to visit with children in the firehouse's public room. Free rides in horsedrawn carriages will continue until 7:00 p.m.
Follow the parade to gather at the firehouse for more music and the announcement of the winners of the holiday decorating competition for homes and businesses. The home and business decorating competition is open to all Broad Ripple residents and all area businesses. To enter the contest or to vote for your favorites, visit www.broadripplelightsup.com.
"Magic Reindeer Food" made by the students of the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired will be on sale at selected shops throughout the holiday season. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the Keever Garden Project at the nearby school.
This free family event is organized by the Broad Ripple Village Association. Sponsors include Brothers Bar & Grill, NUVO Newsweekly, Small Box Web Design, Central Indiana Community Foundation, ExpoDesign, M&I Bank, Harding Poorman Group, Kolman Dental, and Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers. Other sponsors include Coors/Miller Lite and Absolut Vodka.