Parade of Lights to brighten city

William Thompson

The Tucumcari/Quay County Commerce is once again hosting a parade of lights Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. Kim Andrews, the chamber’s administrative assistant, said entry forms for floats are available now.

“Families, businesses and organizations can enter floats,” said Andrews. “People can call us at the chamber of commerce and we will even fill out the entry form for them.”
Andrews said the parade floats will be lining up around 5:30 p.m. in the high school gym’s west side parking lot.
“The parade should last about an hour,” she said. “The parade will begin and end at Kvols Park.”

The Parade of Lights is when the Christmas spirit comes to Tucumcari. Andrews said the lighted floats will be judged in three categories. “We will have a religious category, a general Christmas category and a recreational category,” she said. “The recreational category is for RV’s, motorcycles and bicycles.” Andrews said no live Santas are allowed on this year’s lighted floats. “Santa Claus will be at Kvols Park around 4 p.m. giving treats to children,” she said. “Cocoa and cookies will be available to everyone.”

Debbie Lafferty, one of the principal organizers, said the parade has been growing in popularity over the past few years. The first year I was associated with the parade we had about ten floats,” said Lafferty. “Last year we had more than 20 floats.” Andrews is also trying to get businesses and homeowners to enter the Christmas lighting contest.
“Businesses and residences will be judged on Dec. 13.,” she said. “When people call in to nominate a home or business they need to give us the address and the name of the owner. They can also nominate their own house or business.”

Lafferty said the judges will be busy on the night of Dec. 13.
“Last year the judges drove around town for about four hours judging the Christmas lighting decorations on houses,” said Lafferty. “I really wish more businesses would participate. It gives the town a festive atmosphere and encourages people to stay in town and shop.”