Muskegon High School Band Alumni


1st Annual Lakeside Emporium Sweetest Day Parade

Posted by Stephanie Benoit on September 23, 2016 at 1:25 PM

Dear Alumni,

Thank you so much for your interest in our 1st Annual Lakeside Emporium Sweetest Day Parade. Here are the details:

We are planning a fall celebration week October 10th – 15th (“L.E.A.F” – “Lakeside Emporium Autumn Fest”;), the culmination of which will feature a parade. The purpose of the parade extends beyond entertainment to that of a “harvest” for those in need in the community. In other words, participants are asked to bring food item and/or new or unused winter wear, such as gloves, mittens, scarves, or hats, all for distribution to area food banks and shelters. The items will be transported via the parade route in wagons or carts, etc., by the participants. The hope is that “audience” members will be entertained by musical groups, colorful floats, gorgeous classic cars, & then follow suit, so to speak, and bring their own donations to the parade destination for distribution as well.

The parade is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th, with a 9:30 am step-off time. It’s short (3 city blocks), but performing groups who are willing to do so are invited to stay and perform at the parade’s conclusion in our parking lot. Our stage will be used to “accept: each group’s donation of food items $/or winter wear, and we will thank and acknowledge each group individually at that time. Non-performing groups will have the opportunity to share information about their group, then, if they choose to do so.

There will be no politicians or political statements, no candy being thrown. It’s just a great. ‘sweet’ opportunity for organizations and individuals to come together to celebrate the fall gravest by giving to those in need. We will have a “host” greet your group at the Grand Trunk Launch Ramp (2090 Lakeshore Drive, at the end of McCracken St.) between 8:30 and 9:00 am that morning, to get everyone lined up, etc. The parade will then begin at 9:30, & will head east down Lakeshore Dr.& will turn into & conclude in our parking lot. The “presentation of donation items” will take place then. (and, of course, the store will be open after the parade, just in case anyone needs a treat!!!)

One of the groups to which we will be donating is Kids’ Food Basket, and I am attaching their “wish list” from their website as a guide. We will also accept traditional canned goods & non-perishable food items for other area food banks in need. As previously stated, if participants would rather do so, they may instead donate new or unused gloves, hats, or scarves for all ages.

I can’t thank you and your group enough for considering participation in this event. If you need more information, let me know. Once you make a final decision, just send me a note or call so we can have as much info on your group and representatives as possible to be able to place them properly in the line-up and acknowledge them appropriately afterword. I will look forward to hearing from you!


Laureen Sample

Lakeside Emporium

Kids' Food Basket:

100% Fruit Juice Boxes

Bulk Pretzels

Cracker Packs

Granola Bars

Indevidual Fruit or Pudding Cups


Bulk CHeez-It or Goldfish Crackers

Snack Size Zipper-Lock Bags

Decorated 8lb bags. 


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