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Oh Ole Night parade and fireworks in downtown Grand Marais draws hundreds of attendees

Nov 28, 2022 01:29PM ● By Content Editor
All photos: Laura Durenberger-Grunow

By Laura Durenberger-Grunow - Boreal Community Media - November 28, 2022

The "Oh Ole Night" parade and firework event drew hundreds of attendees to the annual event. 

 Photo: Parade-goers enjoy hot chocolate/coffee samples and cookies while waiting for the parade to start

Presented by Visit Cook County, the event happens the Friday after Thanksgiving in downtown Grand Marais. Kjersti Vick, Marketing and PR Director of Visit Cook County told Boreal Community Media that they estimated 400-600 people in attendance for this year's event. Free cookies from Crosby Bakery and coffee/hot chocolate samples from Joynes were provided. 

The night kicked off with a parade of 16 different floats representing local groups/organizations including:
  • North Shore Health
  • Fire department
  • Buck's Hardware
  • Cook County Towing
  • Girl Scouts
  • Gunflint Mail Run sled dogs (races coming up January 7th)
  • "Just Us"
  • Siverton Gallery
  • Stone Harbor
  • Cook County Snowmobile Club Ridge Riders (complete with snowballs thrown into the crowd!)
  • Nativity scene
  • The Big Lake / Gunflint Mercantile 

 Cook County Towing was just one of the 16 floats in the parade this year

The parade, which started at the Grand Marais Senior Center on Broadway, looped twice around South Broadway, Wisconsin Street, and 1st Street, before ending at Harbor Park for the tree lighting ceremony. 

On the second loop, awards were announced for different categories. Here is a list of the winners:
The 10ft+ tree in Harbor Park light up in white lights after a countdown from the crowd. 

 From there, attendees enjoyed a fireworks show over Grand Marais Harbor. 

Those who were not able to attend weren't left out. Vick shared that Visit Cook County also brought back the Oh Ole Night radio broadcast with WTIP. The broadcast started during COVID, but has become a much beloved new tradition.

 Attendees count down at the tree lighting ceremony 

 The Cook County Snowmobile Ridge Riders threw snowballs (as well as candy) into the crowd

 Throwing snowballs

 Stone Harbor float - including Santa in a canoe!

 Siverton Gallery

 Siverton Gallery

 "Just Us" float

Gunflint Mail Run - January 7th 

 Girl Scouts 

Buck's Hardware

 North Shore Health

 Fire departments

 Armed Force members led the parade

 Armed Forces