Parade lights up Old Town Clovis
Rows upon rows of curious by standards line the streets as the first float glides down the boulevard. Cheers erupt from the crowd as the bright lights fastened upon the spectacle flash red and green.
One by one the floats make their way down the street followed by a variety of persons and groups all decked in brilliant Christmas lights.
The Children’s Electric Christmas Parade is an annual event encompassing about six blocks of the Old Town Clovis area, starting and concluding at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds. The event is sponsored by the Old Town Clovis Kiwanis Club. This year marks the parade’s 27th anniversary.
Approximately 80 entries including floats, marching bands, color guard squads, equestrian riders, motorcyclists, and a variety of other vehicles were presented in electric Christmas lights.
Dwain Miracle, a fifth year spectator says that the festivities and lights add a sense of joy and community to the Old Town atmosphere.
“I came to this event because I have always liked to see the lights at night,” Miracle said “It brightens the year up if you know what I’m saying. I could never tell you what my favorite thing is because it’s all really great. It’s a very good community event, very good.”
In addition to the brilliant Christmas displays, street vendors offered glow sticks and other electric light products so that the audience could participate in the illumination of Old Town as well. Store’s bolstering strings of Christmas lights stayed open throughout the parade and offered food and refreshment to the public.
Kingsburg residence, Deborah (last name withheld) attended the parade for the first time with her Grandson and a group of friends. She says that the horses draped in Christmas lights were the highlight of the night.
“I?m from Kingsburg and we decided to come to the Clovis Parade just to check it out,” Deborah said.”I heard it was really good and I wanted to bring my Grandson. I think it?s great so far I really like it. I like Clovis so this is great. I think he (her Grandson) is really enjoying it too. He loves seeing the horses with the lights on them. That would probably be our favorite part.”
In addition to various school marching bands and church groups, floats often represented a particular company or movie.
University High student, Emily Rodwin, enjoyed the float containing Disney Princesses and Frozen characters in full costume.
“I heard about this event and it sounded really cool,” Rodwin said. “I really liked the Disney princesses and the Frozen characters. I?m excited to see what the rest of this parade has in store.”
The parade started at 6:30 p.m. and ended far past its approximated finish time at around 8:15 p.m.
For those who came early to the parade, they could hitch a ride on one of the free horse drawn carriages which run from 1-4 p.m. every weekend. Santa was also on the porch of the Old Town Bistro for photos.
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