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LA MainStreet Light Parade Draws Record Crowd

on December 6, 2017 - 9:02am
Los Alamos MainStreet 2017 Holiday Lights Parade draws massive crowd Saturday night to Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
The Hill Stompers Street Band in its 18th appearance leads the parade down Central Avenue. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos MainStreet News:
Los Alamos MainStreet wishes to thank the local businesses and organizations that participated in the annual 2017 Holiday Lights Parade Saturday, Dec. 2, and the volunteers and sponsors who made it possible.
“It was our most well-attended Light Parade!” MainStreet Executive Director Suzette Fox said. “The Holiday Light Parade is always a popular event during WinterFest, and this year’s beautiful weather made it easier for more families to come out and enjoy it.”
After an exciting first-time fly-over appearance by Classic Air Medical, the Hill Stompers Street Band, in their 18th consecutive parade appearance, got the 33 participants moving down Central Avenue from 4th Street to the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center.
Once in the heart of downtown, parade participants were recognized by volunteer Parade Announcer Morrie Pongratz and the three volunteer judges who were scoring each entry based on the “Woodland Holiday” Lights Parade theme.
“We want to thank Morrie for doing such a great job by adding so much to the parade experience, and our judges, Los Alamos National Bank Market President Liddie Martinez, Pig+Fig Owner and Executive Chef Laura Crucet and Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary for giving their time and choosing the winners.” Fox said. “It was a close contest with the Los Alamos Police Department winning first place, Los Alamos Medical Center winning second and New Beginnings Fellowship winning third. I was thrilled the police won, it was the first time they’ve entered the parade with a float and it was truly the most thematic!”
WinterFest in Los Alamos is a full weekend of Holiday-related events, and Los Alamos MainStreet hosts the annual WinterFest Holiday Light Parade.
“We really want to thank Los Alamos National Bank and Los Alamos County for supporting and sponsoring this year’s MainStreet Holiday Parade of Lights. It couldn’t happen without their help.” Fox added. “And, thank you to all of the area organizations who individually organized and hosted the other events that were enjoyed by many throughout the weekend.”
Bear in trash can rolls by Starbucks in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
Parade Announcer Morrie Pongrantz, Judges Liddie Martinez, Laura Crucet and Susan O'Leary. Courtesy photo
Latter Day Saints Church. Courtesy photo
New Beginnings Church. Courtesy photo
Zia Credit Union. Courtesy photo
Parade entries. Courtesy/MainStreet