Jingle all the way

Matt DeYoung • Dec 4, 2017 at 10:45 AM

Grand Haven’s annual downtown Jingle Bell Parade was greeted with perfect weather and huge crowds Saturday night.

The parade featured nearly 90 entries – most of them adorned with sparkling lights and festive themes.

One float featured the cast of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas;” another boasted characters from “A Nightmare Before Christmas.”

There were snow plows and firetrucks, several horses, and even an alpaca. And of course, the parade wrapped up with an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Thousands of people lined Washington Avenue, many dressed in festive outfits such as Santa hats and light-up necklaces.

Following the parade, a large crowd gathered at Central Park for the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree.

Kevin Galbavi served as this year’s Grand Marshal. Galbavi was honored this past May at The Chamber’s Annual Dinner as the 2017 Spirit of Community Award recipient, recognizing his devotion of time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community. His involvement includes serving as the chair of Winterfest, Inc., and as a member of Grand Haven Rotary Club, Save the Catwalk Committee, Spring Lake Yacht Club, 100 Men Who Care and a past recipient of Star Volunteer from United Way. He resides with his wife Cara and daughter Sophia in Grand Haven.

The Jingle Bell Parade is organized by The Chamber with the assistance of The Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and community volunteers.

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