CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Alexis Richards of the Curry County Cats Spirit Squad tosses candy Saturday night at the Clovis Christmas Light Parade on Main Street. The squad did a dance routine to “Santa, Baby,” throughout the parade.
Tressa Ilg watched the Christmas Light Parade from the side of Main Street wearing a string of Christmas lights to create her own light source and match the parade.
The 10-year-old Sandia Elementary student believes this year’s parade was better than last year. Ilg explained that her reasoning for favoring this year’s parade was a larger amount of floats, bigger floats and more lights.
“My favorite part was the bands. They played really good. My brother is in Marshall Middle School band so I really liked the band,” Ilg said, laughing and showing off a battery-operated switch that made her lights blink or remain solid.
Temperatures as low as 19 degrees did not deter eager parade watchers Saturday from viewing the traveling light show that hit the intersection of Seventh and Main Streets around 6:10 p.m.
Spectators bundled in thick coats and lots of winter gear, sipping hot beverages from tall thermoses, lined both sides of the street 30 minutes before the parade marched down Main.
Ilg did not think the cold temperatures took away from the parade.
“All the bright lights kind of warmed people up with joy,” she said.
Ilg believed the lights and the holiday cheer spread by the parade had a very good influence on everybody and genuinely made folks happier.
Ilg said she saw more people dressed as Snoopy on the different floats this year and liked Snoopy on the Clovis Recycling float most.
According to Clovis MainStreet Executive Director Robyne Beaubien, there were 60 entries this year, several of them including two or more vehicles. She said this was a little less than usual.
“The parade is new every year. Different businesses and people participate and express the theme in really creative ways. Their work pays off with a wonderful parade for our community,” Beaubien said.
Beaubien said this year’s highlight was the variety and quality of floats.
“The effort and artistry invested in the entries was top notch. I was amazed at how intricate some of the work was. Many hours of work were dedicated to these works of art,” Beaubien said.
Joanne Jones, bookkeeper at S&S Supermarket and mother of Tressa Ilg, said the parade created a sense of togetherness for the community this holiday season that will hopefully put people in better spirits.