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Miamisburg Holiday Parade returns

By CC Hutten

Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 13; photo: Miamisburg Parks and Recreation

For two and a half hours on Saturday, Dec. 13 downtown Miamisburg will transform into a winter wonderland.

The treasured 13th annual Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade will begin at 11:30 a.m., kicking off with a holiday movie-themed parade, followed by a multitude of events and activities sponsored by Miamisburg Parks and Recreation, as well as local businesses.

Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 people attend the annual free community holiday celebration each year, according to Mark Hesse, Recreation Programmer of Miamisburg Parks and Recreation.

This year will be Hesse’s seventh year planning the event, but the program has been celebrated long before he was involved. He said that, as a tradition, the parade used to be a nighttime light show, but the department decided to transform it into a daytime event, offering an opportunity for patrons to shop, bring their families and give the parade a different theme every year.

Miamisburg Parks and Recreation’s mission is to “enhance the livability of the Miamisburg community through exceptional opportunities for individual health and enrichment, community spirit and partnerships, environmental appreciation and economic development.”

And the Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade is the perfect manifestation of those values. By supporting local businesses and handmade goods while celebrating the warm, fuzzy feelings of the holidays with the community of Miamisburg, the event is a tradition for many Miamisburg families.

“The purpose is to create a festive event for people in Miamisburg,” Hesse said. “We have people come from all over to enjoy the holiday times. We create an enjoyable experience for all those who attend.”

The parade features a wide variety of floats (more than 60), which, according to Hesse, this year will be focused on holiday movies. Get ready to see your favorite characters from “Elf,” “The Polar Express,” “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

The floats, which are put together by participants including churches and local schools, are eligible for one of three awards: Mayor’s Choice, presented by mayor Richard Church; the Grand Marshal Award, presented by community activist and this year’s parade Grand Marshal, Bobbye Sweny; and a Media Choice award. Each judge will select a float they think represents the best in holiday spirit, is the most creative and fits the theme.

Each winner will receive a $50 check and a commemorative plaque with a space to insert a photo of their unit by a professional photographer.

They will also, for the day, receive a banner that shows they are a choice award winner, marched in front of their unit in the parade. Judging takes place from 11-11:20 a.m., before the parade begins.

Sprinkled in this year, as well, will be a number of local businesses promoting their services.

After the parade, Hesse said patrons have the opportunity to join Santa’s elves in a workshop with games, crafts and entertainment in the Baum Opera House. Another highlight is that children can have their pictures taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus in the Market Square Building, at 4 N. Main St., for $5. However, just to meet and talk with Santa is completely free.

Patrons can also take horse-drawn carriage rides around downtown Miamisburg and enjoy activities hosted at local businesses, as well as do some holiday shopping.

“It brings new people to the area, and it brings a lot of local people downtown that haven’t been downtown before,” Hesse said. “It brings attention to shops that people may not have normally known.”

The following businesses will provide special activities: 2 Cups Coffee & Bakery, Classic Stitch embroidery shop, Dour Printing and Office Supplies, Eagles Lodge 2306, Fox Motors, Lucky Star Brewery, Luna Blue’s Boutique, Ron’s Pizza, Star City Brewing and, of course, Christmas on Main Street.

“Different businesses host their own activities,” Hesse said. “They’ll have crafts, some with food, such as holiday snacks and treats, available.”

He said the event gives patrons enough time to visit every activity, which are each centered on children and families.

“It’s a very festive atmosphere,” Hesse said. “People can enjoy all the activities available for them. Kids love being able to go talk with Santa. ‘Festive’ is the best way to put it.”

The traditional event provides the community of Miamisburg with the opportunity to experience the holidays and create lasting memories together.

“There was a boy last year who never had the opportunity to experience Santa,” Hesse said. “And he just had the biggest, brightest smile on his face when he sat on his lap. Those experiences make it memorable with me.”

The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade will take place in downtown Miamisburg on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendance is free for patrons of all ages. For more information, please call Miamisburg Parks and Recreation at 937.866.4532 or visit exploremiamisburg.com.

Reach DCP freelance writer CC Hutten at CCHutten@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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