On the evening of December 1st, several Clio branch associates represented ELGA Credit Union at the Clio Candle Walk Parade.

The parade was less than a half mile, but very well attended by the residents of the city. It began at Rogers Lodge by Carter Elementary School, then proceeded onto Vienna road through the center of town, and ended at the Clio Railroad Depot.

There were about 20 participants in the parade along with ELGA. Dressed in our santa hats and displaying our ELGA banner, we passed out candy to the kids along the parade route. This helped to create a fun presence and served a wonderful marketing opportunity for the credit union.

Annually, the Clio Candle Walk Parade attracts well over 1000 people during a two hour time period, and this year was no exception. The parade started at 6:00PM which made it a challenge to get out of work on a Friday to participate, but our team worked together to make it happen, and we had a lot of fun doing it.

The Clio Candle Walk Parade is the first event in the Candle Walk Night Festival.  This festival has been a longstanding tradition in the Clio community, and it serves as the unofficial kickoff to the Christmas season. The occasion is filled with activities such as bounce houses, pony rides, concerts, food, and a chance to tell Santa what you what for Christmas.

In the downtown area there are about 2 blocks of Vienna road that are closed to traffic where the main event takes place. Most of the local businesses stay open to enjoy the extra foot traffic outside in the street. They also really add to the occasion by offering free snacks and treats such as donuts and cider or hot chocolate, face painting, or even the opportunity to take a selfie with the Grinch. They decorate their stores with lights and garland to create a beautiful ambiance that really helps get people in the holiday spirit. Additionally there is also a second area of the city that is closed off and offers similar activities in the South Mill Street Mall. Shuttles were available to transport people across town, but since the weather was so nice for December, many people enjoyed the walk.

I have attended this event for many years with my family and I had a great time being a part of it with my fellow ELGA associates. 

Click HERE to view the full event photo album.
Guest Blogger – David Fejedelem, Member Services Representative
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