Parade of Lights wows with huge field of participants
Wyman Museum repeats with top float honors, Parrot Heads take second
2012 Parade of Lights participants...
• Wyman Museum — 1st place
• Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrot Heads — 2nd place
• Girl Scouts of Craig — 3rd place
• Union Wireless
• Chris Pierce
• Bear Valley Towing & Auto Repair
• The Journey at First Baptist Church
• Humane Society of Moffat County
• MSG Ready Mix, Craig Division
• Yampa Valley OHV Trailriders
• Josh Dalton
• The Kidder Transportation, LLC
• American Towing
• Brittany Delgado
• Colorado Department of Transportation
• Special Olympics of Colorado
• Cook Chevrolet
• Calvary Baptist Church
• Apostolic Lighthouse Church
• Twentymile Mine
• Santa and Mrs. Claus
“When your float features Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin you probably shouldn’t set your expectations any higher than second place.”
— Dave Pike, member of the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrot Heads, about coming in second place in Parade of Lights judging.
For about an hour Saturday night Christmas came early as the Parade of Lights rolled through downtown Craig.
And the annual event, hosted by the Craig Lions Club and the Downtown Business Association, didn’t disappoint.
“There was a time when it wasn’t much more than a couple of (police) SUVs, a fire truck and maybe two or three floats,” said Craig resident Dave Pike. “Now I think it has grown into the best parade in Craig, and I think people really went all out on their float designs this year.”
Pike also is a member of the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrot Heads, which enters a float into Parade of Lights each year.
To stay in tune with this year’s theme of “Patriotic Christmas” Parrot Head members decided to dress up as current political figures like President Barack Obama and symbolic American icons like Uncle Sam.
As was the case last year, the DBA thought the Parrot Heads deserved second place for their efforts.
Though Pike was hoping to bring home this year’s top crown he said after the parade that the DBA’s decision made a lot of sense considering their cast of political figures.
“When your float features Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin you probably shouldn’t set your expectations any higher than second place,” he said.
The Parrot Heads were flanked by third-place finishers the Girl Scouts of Craig and by Wyman Museum, which brought home top honors for the second year in a row with their float depicting Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters welcoming home American troops in 1942.
Nicky Boulger, of Wyman Museum, said this was the seventh year she and her family participated in the Parade of Lights.
After coming in second place in 2008, 2009 and 2010 Boulger said it was exciting to be on the cusp of a bonafide winning streak.
“We had fun, we always do,” she said. “It feels awesome.”
All told 21 Yampa Valley organizations and businesses participated in this year’s Parade of Lights, making it one of the largest in recent memory.
As is the custom the Parade of Lights was led by Moffat County Search & Rescue, Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office cruisers, Craig Fire/Rescue fire trucks, and ambulances from The Memorial Hospital at Craig.
“It was warmer than usual, which was great,” said Lions Club member Kristi Shepherd. “There were a lot of floats decorated this year. It was really nice.”
Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or firstname.lastname@example.org