2022 Santa Parade
The Metro East Lodge Council and Camp staff greeted more than 20,000 spectators for the 2022 Belleville Optimist Annual Santa Parade. Ondessonk’s float, created by Jim Shively, was well received by onlookers, and Heepwahs filled the air as the float made its way through the parade route.
The Belleville Optimist Annual Santa Parade is touted as the largest holiday parade in Southern Illinois and features floats, marching bands, and dance groups.
The Metro East Lodge Council spread the good word about Camp Ondessonk’s Summer programming and was fortunate to get a photo-op with Santa Claus.
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