Santa greeted thousands along the Kercheval route of the 38th annual Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade. More photos, page 7A and at grossepointenews.com. photo by Renee Landuyt.
December 05, 2013THE GROSSE POINTES — Santa Claus came to town last week.
He rode in a sleigh on cold wind from his workshop at the North Pole.
"We are so busy this time of year making lots of toys, getting ready for the big day," said Santa, stepping off his sleigh in downtown City of Grosse Pointe at the end of the Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade on Friday morning, Nov. 29.
Despite freezing temperatures, Santa and nearly 70 participants in the 38th annual parade received a warm welcome from thousands of people lining a one-mile stretch of Kercheval.
"It's always a pleasure to welcome you back, Santa," said City Mayor Dale Scrace, giving Santa the key to the hearts of everyone in the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods.
"Nice parade," Santa said. "I'm happy to see everyone here today."
He and the mayors of the five Pointes and Harper Woods solicited special applause for three members of the U.S. Marine Corps helping collect donations during the parade for Toys for Tots.
This was the first parade produced by the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce.
"It's a lot of work, but well worth it," said Jenny Boettcher, chamber president, of the City.
Scrace thanked the chamber and the Friends of the Grosse Pointe Parade, a tax-exempt organization that provided floats, including Santa's sleigh.
Once again, the parade began above the Hill in Grosse Pointe Farms.
"My favorite part of the parade is the kids lining the street," said Farms Mayor James Farquhar. "I tell them, 'Santa's coming,' and their eyes light up."
Santa spent the afternoon greeting children at Village Grille and, likewise the next afternoon at the Grosse Pointe Woods Community Center.
"Shop local," Scrace told the crowd. "Support the people who bring all of this to us every year."
Santa greets children at his Village on Kercheval between St. Clair and Notre Dame, noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 21, made possible by the owner of Kercheval Place and sponsorship of Flagstar Bank.
Parade sponsors were Aitken-Ormond & Shores Insurance Agency, Backer Landscaping, Beaumont Hospital, Capricious, Cathy Champion, Realtor, City of Grosse Pointe Park, City of Grosse Pointe Woods, Connell Building Company, Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Flagstar Bank, Grosse Pointe Chamber Foundation, Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce Inc., Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation, Grosse Pointe Lions Club, Grosse Pointe Magazine, Grosse Pointe News, Grosse Pointe Public Library, Henry Ford Medical Center-Cottage, Higbie Maxon Agney, James R. Fikany Real Estate Co., Jarvis Lock and Door/Brooks Fire Stopping, John F. Martin Photography, Mary Sue Stonisch DDS, McDonalds, Medstar Ambulance, Meridian Health Plan of MichiganInc., Merrill Lynch, Morning Glory Coffee & Pastries, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Rands, Mutschler Kitchen, The Blake Company, Pet People, Pointe Capital Management, Radar Industries, Janet and Rob Ridder, Robert Loomis & Associates Inc., Sanders Candy, Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living, St. John Providence Health System, TCBY, The City of Grosse Pointe Foundation, The Hill Association, the Little Blue Book, Towar Publications, University Liggett School and Wayne County Community College District.