As the unseasonably warm weather presented pristine conditions, parade enthusiasts enjoyed the annual Tahlequah Festival of Lights parade Saturday evening in the city’s North End District.
Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce Executive Director David Moore said 77 floats were entered in the parade, which featured the theme “A Tahlequah Christmas.”
“It’s a beautiful day for a parade,” he said.
People began showing up along the parade’s route before 5 p.m. to stake their seating areas while those participating in the parade gathered near Northeastern State University to take their places in the holiday light processional. Everything came together without a problem, said Chamber of Commerce Tourism Director Kate Kelly.
“Things came together nicely. Everybody was excited,” she said.
The City of Tulsa Pipes and Drums Band has been coming to Tahlequah parade for over eight years, and it is the biggest float pageant the group takes part in every year, said Maj. Bill Tetrick.
“It’s the best-attended, and there’s always a really good friendly feeling over here,” he said. “People just really greet us good, and they’re real friendly to us coming down the parade route. They seem to be happy to see us and everything. We don’t get any rotten tomatoes thrown at us, or at least they’ve missed us if they have.”
Sarah Hall lives in the area, and looks forward to attending the event with her family. She was in attendance on Saturday with her two sons, a nephew and her sister.
“We enjoy watching it every year and bringing the kids and having fun,” she said. “The kids always enjoy seeing Santa Claus, and I just love all the Christmas lights. I prefer the parade at night because it’s prettier having everything lit up.”
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