by Larry Patrick
WALSENBURG- The annual kickoff to the Christmas season in Walsenburg is only two weeks away. The Parade of Lights, sponsored by the City of Walsenburg and organized by the Huerfano World Journal this year, will go through downtown at 6 pm on Friday, Nov. 26th, the day after Thanksgiving.
Bill Downey of Main Street Office Supply put the event together for 15 years for the Chamber of Commerce before relinquishing the reins this year. Brian Orr, owner of the World Journal has worked closely with Downey this season to learn the ropes and keep the event strong for Walsenburg.
Businesses, groups and organizations are urged to participate in this year’s event. Whether you have a float, truck, car, bicycle, horse or are walking in the parade, your participation is important to the Parade of Lights’ success. Participation forms are printed in the Huerfano World Journal. Just clip it out and mail or drop it off to the World Journal. Forms are also available at various locations in town. There will be plaques and prizes for the best in several categories.
The Parade of Lights usually has a visit from Santa Claus so that kids can get those Christmas wishes into the big guy. The Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce will also be putting on their 4th annual Christmas Bazaar on that Friday and Saturday. They are moving it downtown this year to the Museum of Friends on the first floor where Duckwalls used to be. If you want to have a booth, contact Nancy Lave at 738-2005.
Walsenburg merchants have typically stayed open late on Friday nights for shoppers to get a jump start on the holiday season. Many offer snacks and beverages.
The parade lineup is expected to be the same as last year. It will begin in the area next to the Spanish Peaks Library and go through downtown to the Huerfano County Community Center. Whether you are a participant or a spectator, both are important in making this year’s Parade of Lights a big success.