PIQUA — WHIO-TV journalist Steve Baker has been chosen as the grand marshal of the Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade this weekend. Baker is being honored for his many years of news coverage of the Piqua community and important events in the upper Miami Valley.
Since 1983, Baker has provided full-time coverage for News Center 7 as the Northern Bureau reporter covering Miami, Darke, Shelby, Mercer, and Auglaize counties. Baker is a resident of Troy and is a graduate of Brunnerdale High School in Canton, and attended Edison State Community College and Wright State University.
The downtown Piqua Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec., 2, at 2 p.m. in downtown Piqua and the theme for the annual community celebration is “Magical Musical Christmas.” The parade is a part of the “Christmas Experiences in Piqua” weekend which includes Christmas on the Green on Friday, and the Holly Jolly 5K/10K Run on Saturday morning.
To allow everyone to more fully enjoy the parade, and to ensure better safety for both the participants and the viewers, there will be no parking in the 300, 400 and 500 blocks of North Main Street from 1:30-3 p.m. on Saturday.
As a service to the Piqua community, Brookdale Senior Living will be handing out free hot chocolate at the gazebo following the parade. Also immediately after the parade, Santa will be visiting with kids and families in the lobby of the library.
Additionally, the Piqua Arts Council will be hosting their Sounds of the Season concert at St. James Church on High Street 15 minutes after the parade concludes.
The Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade is sponsored by McVety Realty, Barclay’s Men’s-Women’s Clothier and Mark Reedy and Spencer Peltier of Thrivent Financial.
For more information about the downtown Piqua Holiday Parade, call Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.