‘Silver Bells’ event lights up Lansing
By Robin Morales
Innumerable thousands of city residents braved the sub-30 temperatures and lined the sidewalks of downtown Lansing Nov. 22 for the 35th annual Silver Bells in the City parade.
High school marching bands, local radio stations, armed forces divisions and various other floats and groups proceeded down Capitol Avenue.
Attendees could also walk through the “Silver Bells Village” and purchase handmade items and local food sold by vendors.
“It just brings the community together,” said Griffin Keller, a student from Okemos High School. “Families are here, friends are here. We all see each other. We’re all together.”
The official state holiday tree was brought from Iron Mountain, a small city in the western Upper Peninsula. It was lit following a brief greeting from Lansing Mayor Andy Schor. Many people sang along to familiar holiday carols, and cheered when the tree was lit and fireworks filled the night sky.
Lansing resident Abigail Thorn said she has attended Silver Bells many times through the years.
“Even if it’s raining, cold and nasty, people still bundle up their kids and truck out here and it’s just a tradition,” Thorn said.
The parade was viewed by several hundred people in the Gannon Commons area at LCC during the second annual “Silver Bells Watch Party.” The event included games, snacks, hot cocoa and an appearance by Elsa and Anna from the movie franchise “Frozen.”
Following the parade, the LCC radio play, “Back to the Present,” was staged in Dart Auditorium. Written by WLNZ Station Manager Daedalian Lowry, the 90-minute play was broadcast live on LCC radio 89.7 FM and will be rebroadcast several times during the holiday season.