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2017 Art Van Santa Parade and new photo contest element

2017 Art Van Santa Parade and new photo contest element


I’M GLAD YOU GOT TO TRY THEM. RACHAEL: LET’S CHECK IN WITH TERRI. TERRI: NEXT WEEK WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TAX GIVING BUT THIS WEEKEND, SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN. IT IS THE 98TH ANNUAL PARADE THIS WEEKEND AND THERE IS STILL TIME TO SIGN UP TO BE A VOLUNTEER. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US HERE TODAY. THE LAST TIME YOU’RE HERE WE NEEDED BANDS. YOU’RE PRETTY SET NOW FOR HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BANDS. WE HAVE EIGHT SCHEDULE. TERRI: NOW THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE SITTING AT HOME WONDERING ABOUT THE PARADE. HOW TO GET INVOLVED. YOU STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS? YES WE STILL NEED 15 CARRIERS TO CARRY BANNERS. ALSO THOSE TO WALK ALONGSIDE OF THE PARADE AND MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS FLOWING. TERRI: WE’RE TAKING A LOOK AT VIDEO FROM LAST YEAR. IT IS A FESTIVE TIME OF YEAR. MOST PEOPLE SEEM TO BE DRESSED BLACK, GREEN, RED. THE KIDS WILL JUST IN THEIR OUTFITS. WE HAVE A FEW PEOPLE WALKING AROUND LIKE ELVES AND REINDEER. TERRI: IT IS A WHOLE LOT OF FUN. IT HAS BECOME AN EXPANSIVE PARADE. THE JC IS PARTNERING TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE ENERGY AND NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS YOU HAVE. YES, WHEN WE TOOK OVER A WHILE BACK, IT CHANGED IT FROM THE SMALLER PARADE TO A BIG PRODUCTION THAT EVERYONE LOOKS FORWARD TO. TERRI: THE BIG SIGNATURE, SANTA. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE CAN EXPECT. THIS YEAR, IT IS GOING TO LIKELY BE INTERESTING WEATHER, MAYBE RAIN ON SATURDAY MORNING. PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THAT THEY NEED TO PLAN. DEFINITELY ADJUST FOR THE WEATHER. STAY TO THE END TO GET YOUR PHOTO WITH SANTA. TERRI: YOU HAVE A PHOTO CONTEST YOU ARE LAUNCHING. THIS IS WHERE EVERYONE WHO IS DOWNTOWN GRAND RAPIDS NEEDS TO TAKE PART. THE DAY OF THE PARADE, THEY CAN TAKE A PHOTO AND BE CREATIVE WITH IT, GET FESTIVE, TAKE A SELFIE. PUT IT ON FACEBOOK OR INSTAGRAM WITH THE #AND WE WILL JUDGE IT IN THE EVENING. THERE IS A $500 GIFT CARD FOR THE WINTER. IT WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. TERRI: YOU LIKE TO GET ALL THOSE PICTURES SO EVERYONE CAN BECOME A PART OF THE EXPERIENCE. IF PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING, TO THE JUST GO TO THE FACEBOOK PAGE? IF THEY GO TO THE ART FAN FACEBOOK PAGE THEY CAN CLICK ON THE LINK. TERRI: THERE IS ALSO ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED WITH A PROJECT CALLED, SHARE THE WARMTH. WE ARE PARTNERING WITH THE UNITED WAY, WE’RE COLLECTING GENTLY USED OR ITEMS, TO BE DROPPED OFF AT ANY LOCATION OR THEY CAN BRING THEM TO THE PARADE WHERE A TRUCK WILL BE PICKING THEM UP ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE. TERRI: WE WERE TALKING, WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN, SO MANY OF US ARE REACHING INTO THE BACKS OF CLOSETS TO GIVE OUT COATS. MAYBE DISCOVERING ITEMS YOU HAVE NOT WORN IN A YEAR OR TWO OR MAYBE YOU ARE NOT PLANNING TO WEAR NOW. THERE IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO DONATE THAT TO A CAUSE. DEFINITELY. I’VE BEEN DOING THAT THIS WHOLE WEEKEND. TERRI: FOUR KIDS TO — FOR KIDS TOO. IF PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN BRINGING ITEMS, HOW WILL THAT WORK THE DAY OF THE PARADE? THERE WILL BE A TRUCK, WHEN THEY SEE THEM COME DOWN THEY WILL HAVE VOLUNTEERS ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD SO IF YOU HAND OUT YOUR BAG, THEY WILL KNOW YOU HAVE A DONATION TO PICK UP. TERRI: IT IS GOING ON NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 1. IF THEY CAN MAKE IT THIS WEEKEND, THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DONATE. THEY CAN BRING THEM TO ANY FURNITURE STORE OR UNITED WAY LOCATION. TERRI: THAT IS A REALLY GREAT EFFORT THAT THE JC IS SPEARHEADING. HELPING TO GET PEOPLE THE WARM CLOTHING THEY NEED. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE GRAND MARSHALS. I’M EXCITED. THAT IS THE GALAXY TEAM, THEY WILL BE WALKING IN THE PARADE. TERRI: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL. WE LOVE THAT. IT IS EXCITING TO SEE THAT. THEY HAD THEIR DEBUT SEASON THIS YEAR AND THEY DID WELL. I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE NEXT YEAR. TERRI: SUPER EXCITING. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE PARADE. THIS WEEKEND. 9:00 A.M., DOWNTOWN. TERRI: DOWNTOWN, GRAND RAPIDS. NOVEMBER 18, IF YOU WANT MORE INFORMATION, GO TO THE SANTA PARADE ONLINE. STAY RIGHT THERE. MORE EIGHTWEST WHEN WE COME BACK. DON’T GO AWAY.

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