Bowling Green Holiday Parade

Time to sign up to join BG Holiday Parade

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Annual Bowling Green Parade Project Team announces the 2018 Community Holiday Parade to take place Saturday, Nov. 17, starting at 10 a.m., in Downtown Bowling Green.  The theme this year is “Our Best Hometown Holiday” complementing the award given to Bowling Green by Ohio Magazine.  Come and join community groups, businesses, bands, and Santa for some fun this year. With many local participants, this can be your year to join in on all the excitement. Unit Registration & Sponsorship forms are now available in the Chamber office or at www.bgchamber.net.  The deadline to register units for the 2018 Annual Bowling Green Community Holiday Parade is 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. Registration is $50 for Non-Investors, $25 for Investors and $15 for Non-Profits, with the fees supporting band stipends, parade publicity, general administrative costs, as well as the cost of WTOL broadcasting the Parade. Sponsorships and/or donations to help offset expenses of the parade are also appreciated.  Sponsorship and unit registration forms can be downloaded from www.bgchamber.net and mailed to the BG Chamber at 130 S. Main St., Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.  Sponsorship forms must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, November 5th to be recognized in the media outlets. The 2018 Annual Bowling Green Community Holiday Parade is brought to you by the Presenting Sponsors, Julie’s Dance Studio, Rosenboom Custom Crafted Cylinders, Regal Beloit and the City of Bowling Green.  And WTOL Channel 11 will be broadcasting the parade live this year! The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce supports an environment for the development and success of business within the Bowling Green area.  The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Celebrates, Educates, and Strengthens its Investors through Business Improvement Events, Grants, Services, Leadership, Legislative Updates and Group Savings Programs.  We are your Community Connection via ‘The Morning Show’ radio program WBGU 88.1FM, Wood County Safety Council, Annual Awards, Holiday Parade and Fireworks.  The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce is Celebrating 82 years; Established 1936.


Downpours drench hopes for annual BG Holiday Parade

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   A dismal forecast for drenching rains was the Grinch that stole the Christmas parade in Bowling Green Saturday morning. “It’s very disappointing,” said Earlene Kilpatrick, executive director of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce which organizes the annual Holiday Parade. “We don’t want to make this call.” It was just drizzling at the parade start time, which had been pushed up to 9:30 a.m. in hopes of avoiding the heavy rains. But the window between heavy rains was just not big enough for the two-hour parade. “There’s a huge red, orange and yellow mass heading our way,” Kilpatrick said of the weather radar. “We would be in the middle of the parade and hit by a massive downpour.” This is not the first time that the annual parade down Main Street has been cancelled due to weather. A couple years ago it was an ice storm that shut it down. Kilpatrick realizes that means several organizations and businesses built floats that won’t be seen, that bags of candy were collected that won’t be tossed out to crowds, and that children and adults are disappointed. But rescheduling the parade is just not an option, she said. “I don’t think people realize the logistics it takes,” Kilpatrick said. That would mean rescheduling 96 parade units, six marching bands, 70 volunteers and city crews. “It is just difficult to have another successful parade if we had a rain date,” she said. “It’s a logistics nightmare and a tremendous burden to all the groups involved to hold a second date.” The annual parade brings a lot of people to the downtown – however, some tend to be more fair weather parade fans. “We have seen crowds as large as 3,000,” Kilpatrick said. “But when the weather gets bad, it thins down really quickly. Downtown Bowling Green is a wind tunnel anyway.” Kilpatrick was particularly disappointed in the cancellation since Bowling Green was going to be honored during the parade by Ohio Magazine for its Best Hometown award. Parade planners had been watching weather forecasts all week – hoping for the rain to go elsewhere. “A lot of us don’t sleep,” Kilpatrick said as the forecasts continued to look grim. “You’re hopeful up to the very last minute it will change.” But it didn’t. The weather was dry for another city holiday tradition – the annual tree lighting in front of Wood County District Public Library on Friday evening. “The tree lighting went off without a hitch,” Kilpatrick said. “Why can’t we have that weather today?” But Kilpatrick assured that the Holiday Parade will return next year – weather permitting. “It will come back stronger than ever for next year.”


Holiday parade street closures and parking restrictions listed

(Submitted by the City of Bowling Green) In conjunction with the Bowling Green Holiday Parade scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, several Bowling Green streets will be closed and on-street parking will be prohibited in many downtown locations. Main Street will be closed between Poe and Napoleon roads from 9:45 a.m. on Saturday until the end of the parade. This closure will also impact traffic flow on streets that intersect with Main Street between Poe and Napoleon. These side streets will also close at approximately 9:45 a.m. In addition, side streets between Poe and Ridge will be utilized for parade preparations from approximately 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. During this period of time, access to these side streets will be limited to local use. A truck detour route will be posted. Parking during the parade will be prohibited on Main Street between Poe and Napoleon. Vehicles are to be removed from Main Street prior to 3 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. Any vehicle parked on Main Street after 3 a.m. will be towed at the owner’s expense. On-street parking will also be prohibited in the following locations: • Dixie Avenue between South Main and Kenwood • South Church Street between Sand Ridge and Pearl • Clay Street between North Church and North Grove • North Grove between Wooster and Poe Parking will be reinstated on Main Street and other locations after the parade “clean-up.” All roads impacted by these closures will reopen as soon as possible upon completion of the parade. For more information about this year’s parade, visit the Chamber of Commerce website at www.bgchamber.net


“Our Best Hometown Holiday” theme for 2017 Holiday Parade

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Annual Bowling Green Parade Project Team announces the 2017 Community Holiday Parade to take place Saturday, November 18th 2017, starting at 10:00 a.m., in Downtown Bowling Green. The theme this year is “Our Best Hometown Holiday” complimenting the award given to Bowling Green by Ohio Magazine. Come and join community groups, businesses, bands, and Santa for some fun in the sun this year. With many local participants, this can be your year to join in on all the excitement! Unit Registration and Sponsorship forms are now available for the parade in the Chamber office or at www.bgchamber.net. The deadline to register units for the 2017 Annual Bowling Green Community Holiday Parade is 5 p.m. Monday, November 6th 2017. Registration is $50 for Non-Investors, $25 for Investors and $15 for Non-Profits, with the fees supporting band stipends, parade publicity, general administrative costs, as well as the cost of filming and rebroadcasting the parade (dates and times TBD). Sponsorships and/or donations to help offset expenses of the parade are also appreciated. Sponsorship and unit registration forms can be downloaded from www.bgchamber.net and mailed to the BG Chamber at P.O Box 31, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Sponsorship forms must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, November 6th to be recognized in the media outlets. The 2017 Annual Bowling Green Community Holiday Parade is brought to you by the Premiere Sponsor, Julie’s Dance Studio, with support from BGSU-WBGU-PBS and the City of Bowling Green.  


Community on parade as BG ushers in holiday season

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The theme of Bowling Green’s Holiday Parade was Lights, Cameras, Angels. Well, Saturday morning wasn’t the best day to be donning angel wings, as the Wood County Library contingent found out. They were book angels, each celebrating a favorite story. But the icy wind caught their cardboard wings and twisted them out of place. But the blustery weather, a sudden blast of winter after Friday’s unseasonable balminess, didn’t dampen the spirits of those walking down Main Street, nor the spirits of the bundled masses, including candy collecting kids, lining the parade route. The Holiday Parade puts the community on revue. You have to wonder with so many people marching, how many are left to watch the parade. The parade features the panoply of the community from youngsters in childcare to senior citizens. Those who keep us working like Lubrizol and Rosenboom and those who entertain us like the Horizon Youth Theatre. As expected there were twirlers braving the weather with skimpy costumes and frozen fingers, and marching bands that blasted out brassy renditions of holiday favorites. Frieda and Freddy and the cheerleaders represented Bowling Green State University, and a large Not In Our Town group represented town-gown cooperation. Professionals showed a more playful side. The dental practice of Phipps, Levin, Hebeka & Associates, put on their brightest smiles and won honors as the best float for their efforts. Other winners were: Best of Show:  Julie’s Dance Studio Most Unique:  Jerome Rollers Best Youth:  The Beat Dance Company Best Live Performance: High Society Baton Corps All this led up to the arrival of Santa Claus, who was carried on a sled by the team of horses not reindeer. The predicted precipitation had held off until then, though just a few minutes after the parade ended, there was snow in the air. The holiday festivities got underway the night before with temperature in the 60s, when Mayor Richard Edwards flipped the switched to light the tree in front of the Wood County District Library. This, he said, later was the beginning of the holiday season, and he was optimistic it would be a good one for the city. Wendy Chambers, of the Convention and Visitors Bureau said, “people are ready to spend money.” And the Shop Small campaign slated for the weekend after Thanksgiving is an effort to share some of that wealth with the downtown merchants. The next morning businesses that sold hot beverages were already feeling some of that holiday cheer.                  


Time to sign up for “Lights, Camera… Angels!” Holiday Parade

From BG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Annual Bowling Green Comunity Holiday Parade Project Team announces the 2016 parade theme “Lights, Camera…Angels!”. This year’s parade will take place Saturday, Nov. 19, starting at 10a.m., in Downtown Bowling Green. Come and join community groups, businesses, bands, and Santa for some fun in the sun this year. With many local participants, this can be your year to join in on all the excitement! Unit Registration & Sponsorship forms are now available for the parade in the Chamber office or at www.bgchamber.net. The deadline to register units for the 2016 Annual Bowling Green Community Holiday Parade is 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7. Registration is $50 for Non-Investors, $25 for Investors and $15 for Non-Profits, with the fees supporting band stipends, parade publicity, general administrative costs, as well as the cost of filming and rebroadcasting the parade (dates and times TBD). Sponsorships or donations to help offset expenses of the parade are also appreciated. Sponsorship and unit registration forms can be downloaded from www.bgchamber.net and mailed to the BG Chamber at P.O Box 31, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Sponsorship forms must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 to be recognized in the media outlets. The 2016 Annual Bowling Green Community Holiday Parade is brought to you by the Premiere Sponsor, Julie’s Dance Studio, with support from BGSU-WBGU-PBS and the City of Bowling Green. The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce helps improve Investor’s bottom line by offering group discounts on health insurance, informational seminars, creating networking opportunities, and keeping members up-to-date on changing legislation. For more information contact the BG Chamber at (419) 353-7945 or visit www.bgchamber.net.