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"Christmas Family" float, sponsored by Erickson Elementary School, Ypsilanti Christmas parade, December 1957

"Christmas Family" float, sponsored by Erickson Elementary School, Ypsilanti Christmas parade, December 1957 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, December 5, 1957
Caption
'NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS': This group of Erickson Elementary School pupils named their float "Christmas Family," and patterned it around Christmas Eve in the home. The "father" appears to be reading "'Twas The Night Before Christmas" for his "family," gathered around the decorated tree in front of a fireplace.

"Santa's Workshop" float, sponsored by Willow Village's Edmonton Junior and Senior High Schools, Ypsilanti Christmas parade, December 1957

"Santa's Workshop" float, sponsored by Willow Village's Edmonton Junior and Senior High Schools, Ypsilanti Christmas parade, December 1957 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, December 5, 1957
Caption
'SANTA'S WORKSHOP' DEPICTED: Edmonton Junior and Senior High Schools from Willow Village entetered this float, based on "Santa's Workshop." Six youngsters busily occupied themselves during the parade as elves working on Christmas toys. The traditional parade was sponsored by Ypsilanti area schools and churches and the Board of Commerce.

"Away in a Manger" float, sponsored by First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Christmas parade, December 1957

"Away in a Manger" float, sponsored by First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Christmas parade, December 1957 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, December 5, 1957
Caption
CHURCHES ENTER FLOATS: Three Ypsilanti churches entered floats last night for the first time. This one, patterned after the Christmas carol "Away in a Manger," was sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti.

"The Madonna" float, by Thorne Elementary School, Ypsilanti Christmas parade, December 1957

"The Madonna" float, by Thorne Elementary School, Ypsilanti Christmas parade, December 1957 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, December 5, 1957
Caption
YPSILANTI HOLDS CHRISTMAS PARADE: A crowd estimated by police at from 20,000 to 25,000 adults and children turned out in mild weather last night to watch Ypsilanti's annual Christmas parade through the downtown business section. This float, sponsored by Thorne Elementary School, was entitled "The Madonna," and featured Thorne pupils.

"Guardian Angels" float, sponsored by Lincoln Consolidated School, Ypsilanti Christmas parade, December 1957

"Guardian Angels" float, sponsored by Lincoln Consolidated School, Ypsilanti Christmas parade, December 1957 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, December 5, 1957
Caption
MANGER SCENE PORTRAYED: "Guardian Angels" depicted the manager scene at Bethlehem nearly 1,957 years ago. The float was sponsored by Lincoln Consolidated School. Following the parade, participants were served refreshments in Woodruff School by wives of Board of Commerce members.

Santa joins the Ypsilanti Christmas parade, December 1957

Santa joins the Ypsilanti Christmas parade, December 1957 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, December 5, 1957
Caption
SANTA CLAUS VISITS YPSILANTI: riding on a float sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Santa Claus made his annual pre-Christmas visit to Ypsilanti last night for the parade. Santa promised children along the parade route that he would return tomorrow night at the JCC's Christmas tree lot to take their lists of toys wanted Dec. 25.