This Saturday marks the Third Annual Downtown Development Authority Holiday Parade and it will be a wonderful way for families to really get into the holiday spirit. The event is going to be joint effort between the DDA and the YMCA and will kick off at noon with the Santa Run where over one thousand people dressed as Santa will run a 5K race or participate in a one mile walk through downtown. The Santa Run helps raise funds and awareness for the YMCA of Greater Flint’s Partner with Youth Campaign and all proceeds benefit that campaign. Participants of the Santa Run will get a Santa suit with their registration and can celebrate afterwards with snacks and stories from the run back at the Y. The race starts at noon at the YMCA offices at the corners of Third Street and Chavez and will loop through downtown and end back at the Y. The race is not timed and is family friendly so you can bring out everyone to participate, even the family dog if it is leashed and well behaved! There is still time to register for the Run if you are interested – https://seeandbseen.org/2011/04/01/this-weekend-have-some-fun-in-flint-and-genesee-county/.
After the run things will really get started downtown with the Parade at 1 PM, which highlights local marching bands and floats from local businesses and organizations. The parade will start on North Saginaw Street at 2nd Avenue and will travel south along Saginaw Street until 4th Street. The parade will end with Santa’s arrival downtown and after the parade children will be able to see Santa and get their pictures taken with him. During the event there will be music, fun, food and merchandise vendors, and warming stations to make sure that no one gets too frosty. This event has become a Flint tradition over the years and has really helped to bring the season alive for the area and even if you just participate in the run, or come to watch all the fun you are bound to have a wonderful time.
Flint DDA Holiday Walk / YMCA Santa Run
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Noon – 2PM
Santa Run Begins at noon!
Parade begins at 1PM!
There is a cost to do the Santa Run, the parade is free to attend.
Parade Info – https://seeandbseen.org/tag/blue-room-archives-tour/