Thank you to every volunteer, participant, spectator and City staff member that helped make these events a success!
AND THE WINNERS ARE…
2nd Washington Redskins Marching Band Alumni
3rd Patriot High School
2nd Caporales Sansimon Vausa
3rd Bull Run Cloggers
Cheerleading, Majorette, Step Teams
Float – Other
1st Alive Church
3rd American Legion Post 10
Float – Business
1st Miller Toyota
2nd CAPITAL VW CLUB
3rd Fire & Smoke Jeep Club and Bull Run Region AACA
CHRISTMAS PARADE PHOTOS (more to come)
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SANTA LIGHTS MANASSAS PHOTOS
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DID YOU MISS THE PARADE?
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GRAND MARSHAL: ANNIE YU
The 77th Greater Manassas Christmas Parade Grand Marshal will be none other than Annie Yu! We are excited for Annie to kick off the parade and then announce the parade, as well!
Annie Yu anchors weekday mornings from 4:25 a.m.-7 a.m. at WUSA 9 News. She joined “Get Up DC” team in October 2018.
Annie is a native of the D.C. region, and she knows how lucky she is to be living her dream and working in her hometown!
Her journalism career began in the nation’s capital. She devoted 15 years at the Fox O&O station here in D.C., both on the air and behind the scenes. She helped produce coverage and reported for major occasions, including the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Dedication, U.S. Presidential Elections, Gubernatorial races, D.C. Mayoral Race in 2010, presidential inaugurations for Barack Obama and Donald Trump, Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup Parade, Nationals’ World Series Parade, and much more.
In February 2019, she began sharing the stories of surviving military spouses who had been fighting the “Widow’s Tax,” which strips a benefit from more than 65,000 families. That same year, the decades old injustice that took money from the pockets of surviving spouses was finally eliminated. The relentless reporting, storming the Hill, on multiple occasions, alongside the surviving spouses and holding lawmakers accountable helped this bill reach historic milestones. WUSA9 was recognized by several lawmakers, and in the Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates in the 116th Congress for shining a light on this important issue.
Over the years, some of her more unique assignments included learning how to trapeze, flying with the members of the Andrews Air Show, and even had the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes with working military dogs. She co-hosted a weekly Sunday morning show called “Redskins Game Time” for multiple football seasons and co-hosted a web show “The Red Zone” that won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award.
Annie graduated with high honors from George Mason University. She also had the privilege of being a member of the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders organization, where she served as an ambassador to the home team! During her two consecutive seasons, she made an impact through community service, entertained members of the armed services and thousands of football fans!
Annie was born in Seoul, South Korea, but grew up in the D.C. region since the age of three. She’s fluent in Korean, passionate about her work and making a difference in peoples’ lives. She enjoys trips to sunny destinations, playing bad golf, good cuisine, and spending time with her family and friends.
If you see Annie out and about, stop and say hello! Stay connected with her online: Follow her on Instagram, Facebook or tweet her good morning @annieyutv.
TD Bank Woman of the Year: Cheryl Macias
Cheryl Macias currently serves as President of the Rotary Club of Manassas. In addition to the many contributions made by the Club to a range of local and international organizations that serve populations in need, she has, over the past three years, brought her Club into partnership with Manassas City Public Schools to assist in managing the Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) Program. PEP is a parent-teacher organization for parents of students K-12 of any language or cultural background. The mission is to increase the academic achievement of English-language learner students by developing and maintaining strong school-home partnerships tied to improved student achievement. Through this partnership, Rotary serves dinner to participating families and engages the children in arts and crafts and physical education activities while the parents attend class. Last year, Club volunteers hosted 61 sessions at eight of the city’s public schools. She also serves on the planning committee with representatives from the Gainesville/Haymarket and Bull Run Rotary Clubs to implement a mobile family resource center to provide services to low-income families in Manassas. Funding for this initiative is made possible through a $50,000 grant from Families Forward.
Ms. Macias is a member of the Northwest Virginia Section of the National Council of Negro Women where, each year, she secures program advertisement sponsors to assist in funding four annual college scholarship awards.
Cheryl served as Committee Chair for Prince William District – NCAC – BSA from 2019-2022. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills that will influence them through their adult lives. Although no longer the Chair, she continues heavy involvement in membership recruitment and the District’s Friends of Scouting fundraising campaign. She also leads the committee which organizes the District’s annual John Jenkins Good Scout Awards Dinner which raises funds for Scout activities.
She also led the tutorial program of Christians Involved Together for Youth, a ministry that provided educational, social, and spiritual programs and activities to help at-risk and underserved youth become productive members of society.
Man of the Year: Cliff Blasius
Santa and Mrs. Claus were recently in town to film our annual video at the ever gracious Flower Gallery of Manassas! While visiting, they were witness to our Man of the Year getting notified of his new status. Please join us all in congratulating the 77th Greater Manassas Christmas Parade Man of the Year, Cliff Blasius!!
Cliff Blasius is a long-time Manassas resident and business owner. Cliff moved to Manassas from Glendale, New York in 1979, when he purchased Baker Funeral Home (changed to Blasius-Baker at the 100th year anniversary in 1994).
In addition to being a funeral director, Cliff wore many hats. He was the CEO of Manassas Limousine service, where he often employed school teachers and law enforcement officers as part time staff.
With five daughters that went through Manassas City Public Schools, Cliff stayed very active in supporting the school system. From September 1986 to June of 2000, Cliff maintained his connection in various ways. As PTO Co-President, to fundraising and assisting in events with the businesses such as the Students Against Drunk Driving rally, Cliff was always a phone call away when the schools needed someone or something. Blasius-Baker Funeral Home provided sponsorships for many years supporting the organizations.
As owner of the funeral home, Cliff believed giving back to the community was imperative. He stepped up anytime there was a need, from toy drives for natural disasters such as Hurricane Andrew and years as hosting the cookie distribution center for the Girl Scouts of America.
Whatever sports and activities Cliff’s daughters were involved in, Cliff was involved in. He was an integral part of rebuilding the Greater Manassas Softball Association and spent many weekends at Byrd Park. Seemingly, when the National Babe Ruth Baseball tournament was being held in Manassas and they were looking for hosts, Cliff and his family hosted an entire baseball team from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Shortly after he committed, he also found out he was responsible for feeding them all.
Cliff has over 50 years of dedication to the Masonic Lodge and Kena Shriners. The Shriner Hospital is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where Cliff spends many days annually driving patients and their families in need from Northern Virginia to the Shriners Hospital for appointments.
In the late 1980’s, Cliff installed a large pool on the property of the funeral home. This pool, initially for personal use, soon became a resource for the community. “Bubbles Up” was a large pool that was enclosed by a dome during the winter months that allowed for swimmers all around the region to come and use for “indoor” practicing and meets. Law enforcement, fire departments and lifeguards often utilized the pool for training and classes.
Cliff is a long-time member of the Manassas-Battlefield Kiwanis, serving many terms as President, Vice President and Board member, where he continues today. He is an advocate for Wreaths Across America and for many years could be seen “selling wreaths” at different community days and placing them at graves at Quantico and Arlington National Cemetery every holiday season.
Cliff has always been an advocate and supporter of law enforcement, including being a charter member and current President of Manassas Crime Solvers, an organization that works closely with law enforcement to provide financial rewards for anonymous tips related to crimes within the area. Cliff was also an auxiliary deputy sheriff for Prince William County Sheriff’s Office.
Cliff is no stranger to the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade. He was known to have very, very close ties with Santa himself in the late 80’s and 90’s. So close of ties, that Santa recognizes him very well today and often sits on Cliff’s lap for the picture.
When Cliff isn’t with one of his children or grandchildren, seen at a community event, working as a funeral director for a cremation society, he is likely sailing or swimming poolside awaiting summertime for his annual trip to the Adirondacks.
WE ARE COLLECTING TOYS FOR VOLUNTEER PRINCE WILLIAM’S UN TRIM A TREE PROGRAM AGAIN!