Parade of Lights brightens up Craig as December holidays approach |

Parade of Lights brightens up Craig as December holidays approach

Nate Waggenspack
The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads float leads a brigade of light-adorned vehicles and holiday-themed cars through downtown Craig on Saturday night. The annual Parade of Lights, with this year's "Christmas in Colorado" theme, treated locals to some of Craig's most festive businesses, organizations and individuals.
Nate Waggenspack

— With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, Craig moved on to its first major Christmas holiday celebration, the Parade of Lights.

Local businesses and organizations covered their vehicles and other forms of transportation in lights in celebration of the holiday spirit and showed off their hard work to the community Saturday night.

As always, the parade was led by lights seen almost every day, flashing on the top of Craig Police Department and Craig Fire/Rescue vehicles. But as the vehicles and floats with more customization came through downtown Craig, the looks became more unique and festive and wowed the crowds.

“I liked it really good,” Trey Sherwood, 4, said about the parade. “I liked all the lights.”

Following a “Christmas in Colorado” theme set by the Downtown Business Association, floats looked different all the way through the parade. The winners, from the 4-H K9ers, took a dog theme to the title. Sponsored by Paddy Whack All Natural Pet Food and Supplies, the K9ers built a dog house covered in lights and had members walking alongside the float with their own dogs.

The K9ers were not the only group to use animals to their advantage. Another float had a manger setting, complete with donkeys walking behind it.

The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads took the Colorado theme to heart, creating a mountain backdrop and putting people in Christmas clothing with skiing gear to highlight the state’s winter activity. For its efforts, they earned fourth place.

There was a multitude of vibrant and festive floats, with a wide variety of favorites for those in attendance.

“That was my favorite,” Eric Macks, 9, said about the Parrothead float. “I liked the way they made it.”

In between the K9ers and Parrotheads in the award standings were the Murdoch’s Home and Ranch Supply float (second) and the work done by Rising Star Youth Training Center (third).

Many groups threw out candy as they passed by, making them even more popular with the younger groups there.

“They had all sorts of stuff,” said Dalton Sherwood, 11, referencing the variety beyond peppermint candy canes. “I got a lot, but I gave a lot of it to my sister.”

Santa and Mrs. Claus signaled the end of the parade as they have in the past, with a full sleigh of well-lit reindeer guiding them along the way. Its brightness left an impression on Eric.

“The last float was cool,” he said. “I liked the reindeer.”

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or

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