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Parade of Lights to illuminate Craig community

Santa and Mrs. Claus finish off the 2013 Parade of Lights on Saturday along with all the reindeer. This year's parade takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday along Yampa Avenue, Victory Way and Ledford Street, followed by a Float Glow at the parking shared by Centennial Mall, Village Inn and the former Safeway building.

Strung from any kind of building, strands of colorful lights are forever tied to the holiday season. And, if you enjoy them stationery, imagine how much you'll like them in motion.

The annual Parade of Lights heralds the beginning of the Christmas period in Craig Saturday with a processional of floats providing both luminosity against the evening sky and a merry start to the yuletide.

Craig's Downtown Business Association and Craig Lions Club have a considerable roster in store with float entries from multiple community groups, churches, businesses and other collections of people, but there's still time to throw your name in for the event, for which the theme is "Down Home Christmas." A trophy for Brightest Lights will be provided from the masters of wattage, Yampa Valley Electric Association; sound awards by musical provider radio station KRAI; and other prizes offered by Victory Motors, TLC Carpet One, Cook Chevrolet and Subaru and Cook Ford.

After working on the parade for the past 10 years, organizer Karen Brown has come to visualize a perfect setting.

"I like it when it's snowing just a little bit, there's lots of people out, and it's just real festive," Brown said. "Some pretty white flakes flying down are great. Everybody loves a Christmas parade."

Though snow may be beyond their control, Brown and collaborator Steve Fulton are focusing on keeping the turnout large.

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"I'd love to see upwards of 50 floats and thousands of people," Fulton said.

With the Small Business Saturday promotion taking place earlier in the day among downtown businesses, organizers hope to already have a sizable crowd of spectators in place as things begin, but those who show up just for the parade are no less welcome.

This year's parade will feature a Float Glow to end the night, as entries pull into the parking lot shared by Centennial Mall, Village Inn and the former Safeway building. Lights will be accompanied by Christmas music provided by radio station KRAI and hot chocolate, cookies and other concessions sold by Moffat County Teen Council.

"It's something the community can participate in, get a little closer to the floats," Fulton said. "With that music from KRAI playing the length of the parade route, that gives us some continuity and unity we haven't had before."

En route to the parking lot, the parade will also pass by Sunset Meadows and Sandrock Ridge to spread some cheer to those who might not be able to stake out a spot on Yampa Avenue or Victory Way.

"We don't want to leave anybody out, and we won't turn away anyone who wants to register at the last minute," Fulton said. "These community events are one of the really positive things that happen for us."

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

If you go

Parade of Lights

6 to 8 p.m. Saturday

Yampa Avenue, Victory Way, Ledford Street

Details: The holiday parade will start at Craig Middle School, travel south on Yampa Avenue, turn on Victory Way, then Ledford Street, ending at the parking lot of Centennial Mall, Village Inn and the former Safeway building for a concluding Float Glow. Registration is still open to participate. For more information, call 970-824-7898.