GRAND RAPIDS, Mich –
Santa and all his friends will be taking a different route through downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday.
The annual Art Van Santa Claus Parade presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees will begin at 9 a.m. going south of Monroe Avenue and will continue down Monroe Avenue to its finish just south of Fulton Street.
In previous years, the route took the parade down Monroe Avenue, then southeast of Monroe Center, then hooked west on Fulton Street.
The parade’s web site says the new route takes advantage of decorations along Monroe Avenue this year.
There’s word also that new balloons from Detroit and professional parade floats will be featured.