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22nd Annual Prescott Light Parade Draws Thousands

26 November 2017  
Santa Claus brings the Christmas season to Prescott as the last parade entry on Saturday, November 25th, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Great Weather Brings Out Thousands to Kick-Off Prescott Christmas Season

PRESCOTT- The 22nd annual Prescott Light Parade on Saturday night, November 25th, in downtown Prescott had all the usual holiday traditions as entries lit up the night sky along the route. However, one key thing was different-the weather. In temperatures that only fell to the mid 60’s during the parade, thousands came out to view the annual tradition.

“This was an outstanding night,” Former Prescott Councilwoman and parade entry judge Mary Ann Suttles said. “It was just a little warm for a change. Normally, everybody is wrapped up and cold.”

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“I find because of the weather, there were more (people),” Suttles added.

It wasn’t just the observers that grew in numbers on Saturday night, the entries increased as well. Suttles mentioned 35 entries participated on Saturday night, up five from the previous year. As the quality and quantity of the entries grow, Suttles job as a judge becomes tougher.

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“Everybody puts such an effort in, but there are some that excel,” said Suttles, not allowing the winning entry to slip out early. “The entries..get better each year.”

Prescott is known as Arizona’s Christmas City and the Light Parade, along with Santa Claus at the end, serve as a start to the city’s festive traditions. Next Saturday, December 2nd, Prescott will have a Christmas Parade from 1:00pm-3:00 pm and also host the 63rd annual Courthouse Lighting from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.

“This (the Light Parade) is the start of the holidays,” Suttles said. “This is something that just propels people to come out because it is Prescott and it is the Christmas City.”

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Following the Light Parade, individuals made their way to Prescott Mile High Middle School’s field for a bonfire after party.