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Lighting the Way: Parade of Lights accepting float applications

Mr. and Mrs. Claus wave to the crowd during last year’s Parade of Lights. This year’s parade is slated for 6 p.m. Saturday and will travel south on Yampa Avenue from Craig Middle School then west on Victory Way to Centennial Mall.

Craig Lions Club president Al Shepherd said he doesn't know how many years the annual Parade of Lights has rolled down Yampa Avenue.

But, Shepherd had a quick answer anyway.

"A lot," he said with a laugh.

Likewise, Lions Club treasurer Christina Oxley said she doesn't know the exact figure. But, she's certain about the event's personal significance.

"It's one of my favorite things," she said. "I like to get a cup of hot chocolate and stand by the side of the road as (the Parade of Lights) goes by."

This year, at 6 p.m. Saturday, between 10 and 20 floats will depart Craig Middle School, drive south on Yampa Avenue, then turn west on Victory Way to Centennial Mall. The parade is organized by the Craig Lions Club and the Downtown Business Association.

DBA member Kandee Dilldine said the theme of this year's parade is Christmas stories.

"There might be a Rudolph float, 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' or 'A Christmas Story.' Anything along those lines," Dilldine said.

DBA treasurer Carol Wilson said her group plans to offer cash prizes to the three best floats.

The first-place winner will also receive a traveling trophy, sponsored by the Copy Shop.

Wilson said parade participants must fill out an application. Applications are available at the Community Budget Center, 555 Yampa Ave.

Applications are free and there is no deadline to apply, aside from the parade's start time.

"Yeah, they can decide the day before, work like crazy, work off that turkey, build a float, come on down Saturday and do it," Wilson said.

As to the competition for best float this year, Wilson said the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads is the group to beat.

Parrothead quartermaster Cody Draper said the group has won the past two years and is aiming for a third.

Draper won't disclose the group's plan for this year's parade.

"It's top secret," Draper said. "We will not reveal our design until the parade itself. We don't want people copying us."

To learn more about joining the parade, call Karen Brown at 824-7898, or visit the Community Budget Center, 555 Yampa Ave.