Kick off the holidays by hopping on the Polar Express at the Bowling Green Holiday Parade on November 23, 2019! The theme for this year’s parade is Polar Express: Next Stop Bowling Green. The parade will step off at 9:45am on Saturday, with the first float reaching the corner of Main and Wooster Streets at 10am. Main viewing areas for the parade are between Ridge and Washington Street.

This year’s grand marshal will be Mayor Richard Edwards with the organizers of Firefly Nights Festival (Stacie Banfield of Mode Elle Boutique, Kati Thompson of Eden Fashion Boutique, Gayle Walterbach of Coyote Beads, and Laura Wicks of Grounds for Thought) being honorary marshals.

WTOL Channel 11 will be broadcasting the parade live in a 2 hour commercial free production. Retired WTOL anchor and Bowling Green native, Jerry Anderson and current weatherman and Bowling Green native, Ryan Wichman will be our commentators for this year. While reporter and BGSU graduate, Amy Steigerwald will be our roving reporter.

The 2019 Annual Bowling Green Holiday Parade is brought to you by the following presenting sponsors: City of Bowling Green, Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bowling Green State University, and Downtown Bowling Green.


Road Closures

Main Street, from Poe to Napoleon Road, and Wooster Street, from Prospect to Church Street, will be closed from 9:30am until the end of the parade. These closures will affect the flow of traffic on all streets. The sides streets will also be closed starting at 9am. In addition to these closures, the side streets between Poe and Ridge will be closed for parade preparations starting at 8am until around 11am. During this time, access to these streets will be limited to local use. Truck detour routes will be posted. All streets will reopen after parade clean up is completed.



Before and during the parade, on-street parking on Main Street between Pearl and Ridge Streets is prohibited. Vehicles should be removed from Main Street before 3am on Saturday. Any vehicle on the street after 3am will be towed at the owners expense. On-street parking will also be prohibited on Dixie Avenue between S. Main and Kenwood, S. Church between Sand Ridge and Pearl, Clay Street between N. Church and N. Grove, and N. Grove between Wooster and Poe. Parking will be reinstated after parade clean up is completed.


Parade Lineup

Bowling Green Police Division

BGSU Pershing Rifles Company-Color Guard

Fraternal Order of Police

Mark Wasylyshyn – Wood County Sheriff

Ohio State Highway Patrol

Bowling Green Public Works

Mayor Richard Edwards – Grand Marshall

Honorary Grand Marshalls/Firefly Night Coordinators

WTOL Defender

State Senator & Old Thyme Travel

Ohio House of Representatives- 3rd District

Wood County Commissioners

I Love BG Award Recipient

Athena & Zeus Award Recipient

Monty’s Mini Mall Beauty Salon

BGSU Marching Band

Bowling Green Care Center

Bowling Green Manor

Outstanding Customer Service Award Recipient

Rosenboom Custom Crafted Cylinders

The Beat Dance Company

Montessori School of Bowling Green

Terrence Hoepf 1967 Mercedes Benz 230

Romaker for Judge – Wood County Common Pleas

A.A. Green Realty

BG City Schools Transportation (Dept & Staff)

Champion Force Cheerleading BG

Sylvan Learning Center

Twizzle Baton

Farmers & Merchants State Bank

Wood County Health Department

Wood County Humane Society


Kabob it

Wright Tire & Auto, LLC

Woodward High School Marching Band

Doug Cubberley – BG Municipal Court Administrator

Wood County Fair

BGSU President

Freddie and Frieda Falcon

BGSU SIC SIC Spirit Crew

BGSU Cheer Team

BGSU Dance Team

Not In Our Town & Human Relations Commission

Welcome BG

Kiwani’s Club of Bowling Green

WC Board of Developmental Disabilities

Wood County Young Democrats

The Cocoon & Music Against Domestic Violence

BGSU Libraries – Jerome Rollers

Wood County District Public Library

Redline Equipment

Anthony Wayne High School Marching Band

Work Leads To Independece

The Morning Show 88.1 WBGU FM

Heidi’s Twirlers Baton Group

First United Methodist Church

Bowling Green Bobcat Hockey

Voices of Harmony

Cub Scout Pack 422

Van Buren High School Marching Band

Bright Beginnings Preschool

Lance Wood State Farm

Black Swamp Ice Frogs

Wood Haven Health Care

Biotest Pharmacuticals

Power of Yesteryear Club

Eastwood High School Marching Band

Team Johnson Limousine Service

NWO Montessori

BW Twirlers

Wood County Hospital

Gold Medalist Para Pan Am Games

Cardinal Stritch High School Band

League of Women Voters – Bowling Green

Black Swamp Players

BioFit Engineered Products

Girl Scouts On Parade

All About The Kids

NWO Tractor Pullers Assn, Inc.

Otsego High School Marching Band

Bowling Green Christian Food Pantry

Bowling Green Christian Academy

Great Clips

Five Star Baton Company

Bruce Jeffers for Commissioner 2020

Arcadia High School Marching Band

Black Swamp Historic Willys Jeep Collectors

Wood Lane Residential Services, Inc.

Hancock County Fair Royalty

St. Aloysius Catholic Schools

St. Aloysius Pack #485

American Royal Beauties Miss Ohio

H2O Church

Bowling Green High School Marching Band

The Nutcracker- All Jazzed Up! – Julie’s Dance Studio

Romick Railway


Bowling Green Fire Division