Night Light Parade and Fireworks open the Christmas Season!
The Malad Volunteer Fireman’s 5th Annual Spirit of Christmas Light Parade made its festive way through town again last Saturday, bringing light to the season as the days grow darker and colder. Snow, which had been intermittent over the preceding days, abated for long enough for the crowds lined up along the downtown parade route to comfortably enjoy the spectacle.
The parade itself was followed by hot chocolate, baked goods, and a bonfire at the Fire Station while attendees waited for an impressive fireworks show. While fireworks are a common sight over the summer, the display made a fantastic showing against the high overcast conditions and deep darkness.
The parade participants lined up around 7:00 p.m. across from the library, and made their way in a figure eight around the hospital, back to Main street, and then down Bannock back to the library. The colorful collection of floats included those who wanted to dress up their vehicles for the season, the fireman, and Santa Claus.
Santa Claus, who later made his way to the Fire Station, was aided my Mrs. Claus in distributing as many as three hundred stuffed animals to those who wanted them. The toys are donated by PetSmart in Idaho Falls to the Crisis Center, who passes them on to Santa to pass out to kids on Christmas as well as the Fourth of July parade.
The event is also a kickoff of sorts for the Fireman’s Ball, which sold tickets for the December 3 party, one of the biggest events of the season for the fireman and the community that supports them.