Victorian Sleighbell Parade Returns to TV, for the First Time in HD on Saturday Dec. 3
Manistee’s Victorian Sleighbell Parade will be broadcast live on TV throughout northern Michigan and streamed online again this year, after phenomenal success with the first ever live broadcast from the event last December.
The live broadcast will be produced in HD for the first time ever using equipment provided by MI News 26, northern Michigan’s 24/7 local news channel.
“We’re extremely excited to be bringing the Victorian Sleighbell Parade to local TV for the second time this year,” said MI News 26 General Manager Eric Wotila, who will be serving as an on-site engineer from the station’s HD live truck during this weekend’s broadcast.
“Last year’s coverage of the parade was one of our best-received live broadcasts ever, and with the upgrade to HD this year, we anticipate an even bigger production this Saturday.”
The broadcast will once again be hosted by local actress Toni Trucks and David Mix, and will showcase one of northern Michigan’s most unique Christmas celebrations.
This year’s live broadcast will begin at 5:00pm and continue until approximately 7:00.
Coverage will be broadcast on MI News 26, Charter cable channel 13 and Acentek channel 5, and streamed online at MINews26.com.
In its 27th year, the Manistee Victorian Sleighbell Parade and Old Christmas weekend is known as one of the most unique Christmas celebrations in the Midwest.
A highlight of the parade is the two large Christmas trees, which are pulled down River Street by teams of draft horses.
It’s typical for the parade to draw over 10,000 spectators.