County kicks off holiday season with parade, tree lighting

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The city’s Christmas tree was lit Saturday after the Christmas Light Parade.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

To represent the theme of Saturday’s Christmas Light Parade — Christmas Around the World — the Clovis chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America portrayed five countries, complete with red and green kimono-clad students.

Their interpretation of the theme caught the judges eyes and won them the best in show award.

The group, made up of students from Clovis High School, Freshman Academy and Yucca Junior High, portrayed France, Mexico, America, Egypt and Japan. Their float featured a hand-made map of the world, a replica of the Eiffel Tower, the manger scene, soldiers and the American flag, a replica of a pyramid and a camel.

The float rolled along with the other almost 50 entries playing remixes of It’s A Small World. A lively crowd despite temperatures in the 30s jammed shoulder-to-shoulder along Main Street to savor an array of holiday lights against the night sky.

“I’m always excited and amazed at the creativity of the floats and what they do with the theme,” Robyn Beaubien, executive director of Clovis MainStreet and event organizer said. “FCCLA did a wonderful job. They really embraced (the theme).”

The Walsh family appreciated the horses walking in the parade. Both Megan, 11, and Curtis, 8, said the horses were their favorite part of the parade. Sam Walsh said the band made it for him.

“The more music the better,” Walsh said.

Janelle Walsh said the family walked in the parade three years ago, when they first moved to Clovis, and made sure to attend the past two years.

“It’s a good thing. It’s a great chance for the community to come out and celebrate Christmas,” she said.