In the past, strings of Christmas lights were reserved for houses and trees. However, this year the lights got a little momentum in a Christmas light parade.
The parade took the established Morgan parade route from the high school to the fairgrounds; however this parade took on a whole new look.
It began after dark and every entrant was decked out in lights. Many were unsure what to expect but braved the cold to see what it was all about. The 400-500 who came were not disappointed. The first-time parade had 10 entries, each illuminated and most were themed.
Three judges were placed along the parade route, and when they turned in their recommendations they had unanimously chosen the same 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. First place was awarded to Larry Wiggle for his stunning float “Christ the Greatest Gift of All.” Second place was awarded to the 12th Ward who presented a beautiful nativity. Third place was awarded to the Morgan Fire Department. As tradition has it they led the parade, but this time they were adorned with lights and Christmas blowup characters. The Mayor’s Choice was awarded to Chris Slate and Family for a fun decorated Ranger.
Residents have expressed interest in adding to the parade and making it even bigger next year. It will be interesting to see the creativity of next year’s parade.
After the parade made its way back to the high school, the city treated spectators to a firework show. After a particularly dry year and a ban on fireworks, the city council decided to compliment the evening with their share of the fireworks from the 4th of July celebration. The county was reluctant and retained their portion of fireworks. It is currently undecided if this nighttime show will become an annual tradition, but residents would certainly welcome it. It might be a nice addition to the luminary ceremony since the luminaries can only be lit in ideal conditions. The snow forced the cancellation of the luminary event this year.
Thank you Mayor Egbert, city council, parade participants, fire department and everyone involved in Friday’s fun.