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Festival tradition continues | Preston Citizen

Festival tradition continues

November 20, 2012


Citizen editor

It’s all a go. The Grand Lighted Parade, the highlight of the Preston Festival of Lights, will happen both Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24, immediately following the fireworks.

For two nights people come from near and far to watch the bright, lighted floats move slowly down State Street. Idaho’s icy winter air and sometimes snow are a given, so bundle up the children, bring an extra blanket or two and maybe some hot chocolate for a night of holiday awe.

The hallmark of Preston’s Christmas activities continues after business leaders renewed their commitment to the Festival of Lights. Preston City officials are looking at ways to be more involved and strengthen the future of the holiday masterpiece.

Parade chairman Brad Wall said there is no charge for parade entries but people should contact him so he can get an idea of who’s coming and how many entries so he can pace the line up.

‘We will start lining up at 5:30 p.m. and start the parade immediately after the fireworks,” Wall said.

“Last year they had over 30 floats for Saturday and we are hoping for more this year.”

Derek Hobbs strings new C-9 LED lights along State Street last week.Hobbs said the lights will be brighter and more colorful than those of last year.

Wall said the Festival Committee was extremely happy with the response and support of the local businesses last year and are hoping for as good or better response this year.

Anyone can enter the parade. Families and businesses are encouraged to participate. This year’s floats will be judged and prizes will be awarded.

This story is sponsored by Swainston Cellular/Radio Shack.

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