By Linda Kor
The 26th annual Holbrook Parade of Lights will usher in the holiday season at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. This year’s theme, An Arizona Centennial Christmas, will come to life in lights and décor as thousands line the streets to view the parade.
This year’s grand marshals will be senior citizens who reside at the Holbrook Extended Care facility. The city will be honoring these individuals for their lifetime of accomplishments as part of what makes Arizona great. Area organizations, businesses, school groups, churches, clubs, agencies and individuals are welcome to enter the parade, free of charge. Entries may include floats, vehicles, equestrian, marching band, walkers and dancers.
Holbrook’s electric light parade is a tradition that provides a spirited kickoff to the holiday season. Spectators line the city’s main thoroughfares, Hopi Drive and Navajo Boulevard, for the yearly event, which is sponsored by the Holbrook Chamber of Commerce. During the day, the Parade of Lights Festival, including holiday gifts for sale, food, entertainment and visits with Santa, is held on the lawn of the historic Navajo County Courthouse at 100 E. Arizona St. from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The entertainment line-up for that day includes Cinderella pageant winners performing from 10 to 10:30 a.m., Jerry Goodman performing country western music from 10:30 to 11:40 a.m., free pictures with Santa Claus will be taking place from 12 to 2 p.m., with Junior Miss pageant winners performing at 2 p.m., followed by a FUSION concert later that afternoon.
A panel of parade judges awards prizes in several categories, including youth (Santa’s Award), civic (Elves Award), Marching (Nutcracker Award), large commercial (Toyshop Award), small commercial (Jingle Bells Award), family/individual (Holly Award), religious (Angel Award), public agency (Sugar Plum Award) and equestrian (Reindeer Award.) The best overall parade entry wins the Tinsel Award.
All entry forms must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, in the chamber office.
For more information, call (928) 241-8735, download an entry form at www.holbrookchamberofcommerce.com or stop by the chamber office inside city hall at 465 First Ave.
By Linda Kor