Parade of Lights offers seasonal cheer in Craig
With bulbs shining brightly and the eyes of a certain merry old elf twinkling as they often do, Saturday’s Parade of Lights in downtown Craig lit up the night.
An unusually warm climate for the weekend after Thanksgiving added to the intimacy of the evening as residents turned out for the procession down Yampa Avenue and Victory Way.
Dozens of organizations, businesses and other community members drove floats and vehicles along the parade route or just marched and greeted those along the way.
Holiday music ranging from Alvin and the Chipmunks to Elvis Presley to Mariah Carey set the tone, while no fewer than five Santa Claus lookalikes could be seen along the way.
However, it was Saint Nick and Mrs. Claus themselves who brought up the rear in the final float to signal the start of the yuletide season, the dazzling group of eight tiny reindeer also winning Best Lights from judges on behalf of hosting agencies Downtown Business Association and Craig Lions Club.
Picking up Best Sound was the Northwest Pawn group, while Craig Fire/Rescue earned Best Float for their creation of gingerbread firefighters.
With a show within a show, the actors of Craig Middle School are learning the value of stepping out of their comfort zones.