Crowds gather for 101st Grand Rapids Santa Parade

Grand Rapids, MI – Bundled up with hot cocoa in hand, families made their way downtown on Saturday for the 101st Santa Parade hosted by the Grand Rapids Junior Chamber.

The parade has been attracting visitors for over 100 years since it began in 1919 as the Wurzburg’s Santa Claus Parade. Since then, it has become the second largest parade in the state, according to the event’s website.

Visitors were treated to performances from the Grand Rapids Symphony and Academy of Dance Arts as well as free photos with Santa on the front porch of the Grand Rapids Art Museum immediately following the parade in Rosa Parks Circle

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