The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is a new sponsor of this year’s holiday parade which begins at 11 a.m. on Nov. 12 in downtown Kalamazoo. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this beloved wintertime tradition. KVCC will host a canopy along the route and the KVCC Cougar Cruiser will be a part of the parade lineup. After the parade, the public is invited to follow the KVCC Cruiser to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum for free hot chocolate and to learn about the college’s recently launched Alumni+ program. Also, the KVM will serve as a drop off point for the DKI’s Loaves and Fishes food drive that day. Bring a non-perishable food donation and receive a free pass to a Planetarium Show. Passes will be available while supplies last and must be redeemed by 3 p.m. on Nov. 12.
“We’re excited to be a part of these festivities,” said Kalamazoo Valley Museum director Bill McElhone. “After guests warm up with hot chocolate, we’re encouraging our visitors to explore an exhibit about the 50th anniversary of the holiday parade, the CSI: Crime Scene Insects exhibit, and the Festival of Arts.” The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is operated by Kalamazoo Valley Community College and is governed by its Board of Trustees.