Photo by Les Stukenberg.
Originally Published: November 27, 2016 6:02 a.m.
A chilly evening did not prevent Prescott area residents from coming out in force for the Holiday Light Parade Saturday night, Nov. 26.
Prescott Holiday Light Parade
“You know how this town loves parades, here’s proof,” said Sandy Griffis, Executive Director of the Yavapai County Contractors Association and one of the parade judges.
Prescott’s 21st Annual Holiday Light Parade Winners
Most Creative award
Az Hot tubs
Spirit of Family award
1st The White Family
2nd - The Shaughnessy Family
Spirit of Community – Non Profit
1st Prescott Fire Department
2nd Prescott Regulators *
& Their Shady Ladies
Spirit of Community Commercial
1st Patriot Disposal
2nd Dance Studio C
School Spirit Award
1st Franklin Phonetic School Twirlers
2nd Chino Valley Marching Cougar Band
Joining Griffis as judges were Mary Ann Suttles, Prescott City Council member Greg Lazzell, Chris Graff of Asphalt Paving & Supply and Ken Benson.
The five of them were tasked with rating each of the 36 parade entries for their use of lights, creativity and overall appearance. Whichever parade entry received the highest score from the judges was declared the best overall.
Winners were also chosen for six other categories: best musical entry, best school entry, best family entry, best non-profit entry, best business entry and the most creative/original.
Cold as it was, this year’s weather was far more pleasant than last year’s, according to event organizer Patti Ezell.
“Last year it was awful,” Ezell said.
Parade entries varied significantly. Some were businesses looking to gain some additional community exposure while others were school marching bands looking to show off their talent.
Arizona Hot Tub Company, for instance, carted around a couple hot tubs and a large inflatable version of their mascot, Webster the Duck.
Unisource Energy Services, which sponsored the event along with the Prescott Downtown Partnership, made an entertaining appearance with several ATV’s and a large flatbed trailer all heavily decorated with Christmas lighting.
Once the parade wrapped up at about 6:30 p.m., an After-Parade Party & Bonfire took place at Mile High Middle School Field.