PARADE CANCELLED: Delight in the Holiday Lights Parade

 Delight in the Holiday Lights Parade on December 15

 v2Artboard 1Richfield, Minn. (December 8, 2022) – As the community looks ahead to the holiday festivities of the coming month, the city is doing their part with the third annual Holiday Lights Parade, which will roll through east Richfield on December 15.

The event, organized by the city’s Recreation Services Department, began in 2020 during the first holiday season of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of residents attended the first two parades, and residents of all ages are encouraged to attend again this year.

This year, the parade will feature festively lit emergency vehicles, heavy construction equipment, traditional parade floats and the appearance of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Local schools will also join the fun by decorating their vehicles for the parade.

“Residents should definitely come out on Thursday for this wonderful event,” noted Amy Markle, Recreation Services Director. “The parade brings cheer to our staff and the whole community and is a true celebration of the season!”

The Holiday Lights Parade will take place on December 15 beginning at 6:30 p.m. and ending at approximately 7:15 p.m. The route will begin at the Public Works Building on 66th Street and will travel west until vehicles will turn south onto Bloomington Avenue. The parade will later turn west onto 70th Street until it reaches Lyndale Avenue. The parade will continue north on Lyndale Avenue until it finishes its route at 67th Street.

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“Like last year, we have a condensed parade route that utilizes parks and school, so residents can have places to park and watch the parade,” explained parade committee member and Fire Chief Mike Dobesh. “We hope people will come out and enjoy the parade and their community.”   

“This event is a great way for our staff to celebrate the holidays with the community,” acknowledged Public Works Operations Superintendent, Chris Link. “We’re always happy to plow snow and fix sewer mains, but this parade is an opportunity for us to be present in a positive way. It is a great tradition and we can’t wait to see folks out on Thursday.”

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