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Light up the night

Parade of Lights to kick off local Christmas season

Bridget Manley

If you go

What: Parade of Lights

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Parade route begins at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave., and proceeds down Yampa Avenue, West Victory Way and Ledford Street, ending at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center, 943 W. Eighth Dr.

There is no cost for entry. For registration information, call Carol Wilson at 824-4580.

— For Craig residents, the weekend after Thanksgiving holds more than leftover turkey sandwiches and frenzied Christmas shopping.

It also promises a parade and activities involving several local organizations.

The Christmas season kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday with the annual Parade of Lights, a joint effort of the Downtown Business Association and both chapters of the Craig Lions Club.

The parade route begins in the Craig Middle School north parking lot and continues down Yampa Avenue to West Victory Way. Turning west, the route continues up Ledford Street and ends at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center.

For locals, the event marks the beginning of the Christmas season, DBA president Karen Brown said.

Club officials chose “A Classic Cinema Christmas” as this year’s parade theme. Entries will be judged according to how closely floats match the theme.

Winners will receive spree bucks, certificates that can be spent like cash at local businesses. Parade officials will award $275 in spree bucks to first place, $175 to second place and $100 to third place.

First-place winners also will have a traveling trophy to show for their achievement.

Fifteen floats have entered in this year’s parade, and more could still enter, Brown said. Entry is free, and the DBA will accept applications until noon Saturday.

“We don’t want anyone to get left out,” Brown said.

Participation in this year’s parade tops that of previous years. Usually, no more than eight floats enter the event.

Other organizations will sponsor activities during and after the parade.

Children will decorate a tree in Alice Pleasant Park with handmade ornaments they created at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

“The kids love it,” said Dana Duran, Boys & Girls Club executive director. “They love to belong to the community, to something bigger than themselves.”

Representatives from Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Abuse will sell hot chocolate in the park, DBA treasurer Carol Wilson said.

The parade is one of two the Craig Lions Club chapters produce annually.

“Parades, are a part of being in a small town,” said Tammie Thompson-Booker, president of one of the Craig Lions Club chapters.

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