Drama! and the Royal Oak Holiday Magic Parade
Don’t try to sleep in tomorrow if you live in Downtown Royal Oak. High School marching bands, full grown men driving mini go-carts, and packs of families are set to invade! The Seventh Annual Holiday Magic Parade will take place on Washington Avenue this Saturday, November 22. The route begins at Washington and Lincoln and heads up to Fourth Street.
The parade will run from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. with the route beginning at Washington Avenue and Lincoln Avenue and heading up to Fourth Street. Beginning at 9 a.m., participating downtown stores will be holding a special parade day sale.
There will be 50 different floats, marching bands and other performers in the parade. Kids will have the opportunity to visit Santa at Stagecrafters from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Baldwin Theater. –ClickonDetroit
Apparently the police will be too busy guiding traffic to hand out parking tickets. Don’t feed the meters from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm as parking will be FREE.
Now, if you just clicked on this post to read about Holiday Magic Parade Drama–and we do love drama–continue reading after the break . . . It appears that local officials have found a way to inject some controversy into this family-friendly event.
Update! Frank Versagi has joined the fray:
The angry and personalized dialogue added to the concern that this particular mix of personalities is approaching dysfunctionality.
Check out his site here.
More after the jump…
Megan Pennefather of The Mirror is reporting that “political infighting” has made its way into the parade! Apparently, City Commissioner Carolo Ginotti has been playing the “highly visible role” of emcee of the annual parade broadcast on WROK for years. This year,
Scrooges Fellow Commissioners Chuck Semchena and Stephen Miller reportedly “found it so objectionable . . . that they voiced their concerns to members of the Downtown Developlment Authority, which sponsors the parade . . . .” Yikes!
Check out the whole messy affair, featuring quotes with biting words such as “dispicable,” “silly,” “objectionable,” “bullying,” and “disgusting.” It makes the recent national election seem downright civil. The full story is here.