GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- History will be made when the 2016 Art Van Santa Parade presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees marches down Monroe Street on November 19th, 2016.
Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, the first female Mayor for the City of Grand Rapids, will preside as the Grand Marshal. She is President of the Michigan Municipal League while also serving on the boards of the Downtown Development Authority, Experience Grand Rapids, Grand Valley Metro Council, Kent County Land Bank Authority, and Interurban Transit Partnership, to name a few. She has been honored as one of Crain's 100 Most Influential Women, Grand Rapids Business Journal's 50 Most influential Women in West Michigan, as well as a Five-time recipient of the Grand Rapids Business Journal's 50 Under Forty distinction.
In addition, singer/songwriter Jacob Davis will be the Guest of Honor of the 2016 Art Van Santa Parade presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees. Jacob Davis started playing music at the age of 13 and has never stopped. Jacob moved to Nashville at the age of 23, where he soon signed a publishing deal with Wrensong/Reynsong Music. In the past few years, he has opened for artists such as Sam Hunt and Michael Ray playing singles such as "Something to Remember You By" and "Sugarcoated." In addition to shows around the country, Davis will perform for the citizens of West Michigan at the parade.
"We are elated to have both Mayor Bliss and Jacob Davis as a part of this historic commencement of the holiday season," says Grand Rapids Jaycee President Rebekah Kennedy. "With the support of all of our sponsors, we are able to continue to improve and bring great features to the parade while additionally fostering young professionals in our community through the planning process."
The Parade kicks off November 19st - 9am at the corner of Michigan St. NW and Monroe Ave., and continuing south on Monroe past Rosa Parks Circle. The parade will conclude just past the intersection of Fulton St. and Monroe Ave, and features more than 100 entries, including 10 musical acts, 5 large balloons, 14 professionally designed floats, and more!
The Grand Rapids Jaycees, which offers leadership training through community service for young professionals ages 21-40, has organized and operated the Jaycees Santa Parade since 1969. It also organizes and operates other community events such as the Children's Holiday Shopping Tour and Special Olympics Basketball Tournament. For more information, visit grjaycees.org.
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SOURCE The Grand Rapids Jaycees