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Holiday Light Parade kicks off Prescott’s Christmas season (video, gallery)

Prescott's Holiday Light Parade marched and moved through dowtown Prescott Saturday, November 26.

Photo by Les Stukenberg.

Prescott's Holiday Light Parade marched and moved through dowtown Prescott Saturday, November 26.

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Holiday Light Parade

A chilly evening did not prevent Prescott area residents from coming out in force for the Holiday Light Parade Saturday night, Nov. 26.

“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

Grand Prize

Unisource

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.