Art Trapp will be the Grand Marshal of the 42nd Annual Saline Christmas Parade, presented at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, by the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce. Radio host Lucy Ann Lance will emcee the parade from the “four corners” at Michigan Avenue and Ann Arbor Street.
About 15,000 people are expected to line Michigan Avenue to watch the parade. The parade begins at Harris Street and continues to Lewis Street. For kids wanting to see Santa, however, he jumps off his horse-drawn buggy at the four corners, where he’ll greet the audience and receive a key to the city from Mayor Brian Marl.
Grand Marshal Trapp has served the community in many ways. He served on the Board of Education, was the City of Saline’s Downtown Director, and was Executive Director of the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to this year’s event, he was emcee of the Saline Christmas Parade.
“We always pick someone who’s been active in the community. Art has been active in so many ways, whether it’s through Summerfest or the Christmas Parade. Last year was his last as announcer at the Christmas Parade. So, we thought, let’s bring him back as marshal to thank him for all his work,” said John Olsen, Executive Director of the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.
Radio host Lucy Ann Lance succeeds trap as the parade’s emcee.
“She recently moved to Saline and has always been active and supportive of Saline,” Olsen said. “I was doing one of our radio segments and asked her to host our parade and she said she’d love to.”
Lance will be busy. There are 1,500 people in the parade, between the dance troops, bands, scouts and dignitaries.
The dancers from Dance Alliance return for their annual Rockette-style kickline performance. Other highlights include the hot-air balloon (without the balloon) and a drumline from Canton. Olsen said there are more floats than normal, which should make for an exciting float contest.