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The Lookout | March 1, 2021

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‘Silver Bells’ lights up Lansing

‘Silver Bells’ lights up Lansing

Brian Wells
Photo Editor

The 30th annual Silver Bells in the City took place Friday, Nov. 21 in downtown Lansing, marking the beginning of Christmas season.

Despite freezing temperatures, over 70,000 people attended the event, according to Mindy Biladeau, executive director of Downtown Lansing, Inc.

The event was opened by Radio Disney Detroit, which began the ceremony with family-friendly fun and games.

The electric light parade started at approximately 6 p.m. It consisted of 66 floats and 11 high school marching bands.

“The parade was full, with a waiting list of units wanting to get in,” Biladeau said.

Once Santa Claus made his way down Capitol Avenue to mark the end of the parade, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero gave a short speech. He then proceeded to light the city’s Christmas tree, which stands in the front yard of the Capitol Building.

Spectators watched as fireworks burst over the Capitol, setting the mood for the season.

The 31st annual Silver Bells in the City event is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 20, 2015.