Blade parade celebrates the holiday season in Toledo

Published: Nov. 2, 2017 at 3:14 PM EDT
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A favorite tradition to start the holiday season returned to downtown Toledo.

The Blade Holiday Parade will celebrated 30 years this morning.

Thousands of spectators lined the parade route to take in the sights and sounds of the season.

This year's grand marshal was Alden Hirschfeld from Sylvania. Hirschfeld is captain of the Toledo Walleye and lead a parade of more than 80 units.

In an effort to pay tribute to those who are serving or have served our country, a World War II Avenger and B-28 flew over the parade route to salute veterans.

13abc's Diane Larson, Lee Conklin and other members of the Action News team will along the Hope for the Holidays float, members of the Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio and U.S. Marine Corps Reserve all took part in the event. Hope for the Holidays begins Nov. 17. to collect toys for local children.

The parade is sponsored by Taylor Family Automotive and the Distinguished Clown Corps.

Thank you for your support and please join us on Friday evening November, 17 at Promenade Park for a family-friendly holiday event and the kick-off of the Hope for Holidays campaign.