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Cartoons featured in parade: 40 floats entertain fans at Parade of Lights

Posted: Monday, Nov 26th, 2012

Pictured are some of the floats that took part in Friday Night’s Parade of Lights in Huron. The parade started at Market Street and Dakota Avenue and continued down Dakota Avenue then turned on 21st street and ended at Huron Mall. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL AND KARA GUTORMSON/PLAINSMAN

HURON — Crowds were delighted and turnout was high for the 20th annual Parade of Lights that featured a record 40 floats, all sporting “A Cartoon Christmas” theme. “I was completely blown away,” said Todd Evans, chair of the Parade of Lights Committee. “This was by far the best parade that we’ve ever had … it was just incredible.”

Whether in their cars or out on the streets, people waited to see which float would lead the pack. Santa Claus took that honor.

Evans said the committee received many donated nonperishable food items for the Salvation Army in exchange for glow necklaces, which was something new to the Parade this year.

Evans was impressed with the high numbers of people that came out to support the parade. “The turnout was great,” he said. “People lined the street during the entire parade.”

Spectators voted at several locations and selected the Huron Area Center for Independence for the People’s Choice Award.

A panel of six judges voted on the entries and presented plaques to the winners of the other categories. Those judging were James Paye, Scott Senska, Mike Lyon, Fred Ott, Mason Stahly and Jeremiah Johnson. Stahly and Johnson were members of the Huron High School Student Senate.

The award for Most Creative went to the Backstreet Cruisers. Dakota Energy had the award for Best Animation on their float. The brightly-lit Huron Fire Department float won Best Lighted. The National Guard 153rd Engineer Battalion won the award for Best Nonprofit float. M-O Federal Credit Union came away with the Best Portrayal of the Parade Theme. Dakota Provisions earned the Best Portrayal of a Business.

The Parade of Lights has special meaning to many who live in Huron. For Evans, the parade represents pride and gratefulness to be a part of it. “It made me extremely proud to be from here,” he said. “What a wonderful way to bring in the Christmas season,” he said.

Evans and the Parade of Lights Committee would like to say thank you to everyone for all of their efforts. “A big thank you to the businesses and individuals for their entries … all of your hard work made it a wonderful parade.”

For the complete article see the 11-24-2012 issue.

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