Annual Electric Parade ushers in the Holiday season
Entries are being accepted
November 22, 2016
Many families share the tradition of driving around neighborhoods to see Christmas and other holiday lights.
But what if the lights drove to the families?
This is the idea of Park City's annual Electric Parade, said Meisha Ross, spokeswoman for the Historic Park City Alliance Holidays on Main.
"People don't have to drive around," Ross said during an interview with The Park Record
. "They can all come to one destination and the lights will come to them.
The parade is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, at City Park.
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"It makes a loop and goes up Park Avenue to Ninth Street then up Main Street down Swede Alley and then back to City Park," Ross said.
All entries are made by local residents or local businesses and are eligible for an array of cash prizes.
"This is an opportunity to do something fun and creative with your family and have the opportunity to win a couple-hundred bucks," Ross said.
The categories and prize totals are:
- Best of Show for $225
- Best Use of Lights for $125
- Best Small Business for $125
- Best Christmas Spirit for $125Past parades did allow bicycles, but this year all entries must use a motor."People need to remember that the parade goes up the street and that they have to go from City Park to the top of Main and down Swede Alley," she said. "They can have a golf cart, a go kart, a car, van, bus, [or] motorized scooter."
"We typically have 10 to 15 entries, and while we don't want to get to the size of the Fourth of July parade, a good goal is between 20 to 25 entries, so we still have openings," Ross said. "Registration is free."
The parade originally took place on the Winter Solstice to brighten up the shortest day of the year. Three years ago, however, the event was moved to Small Business Saturday.
"By moving the date to Small Business Saturday, the event has drawn a lot of people out," Ross said. "Two years ago, we were all blown away at how many people came."
To accommodate the spectators, Historic Main Street Alliance worked with the city and changed how they will close Main Street for the parade.
"In the past we've done a rolling closure and once the parade passes, we open the road," Ross said. "This year, we are going to close the East side of the street so spectators can have a better area to view the parade."
Ross hopes the change will make it easier for people for people to see the parade descend Swede Alley.
"We have noticed that after the parade is done going up Main Street, spectators rush to see the parade come down that road," Ross said.
In addition to the parade, an array of other holiday activities will be held on Nov. 26.
The schedule is a follows:
- Santa will be strolling Main Street, 4-6 p.m.
- Holiday Carolers, 5-7 p.m.
- Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Miner’s Park, 5:30 p.m.
- Lighting of the Main Street lights, 6 p.m.
The Electric Parade Departs Miner’s Hospital for Main St., 6 p.m.
"The carolers are from Provo and we've worked with them for the past few years," Ross said. "Then we'll have Santa make appearances as well."
The carolers are scheduled to return every Saturday, except Dec. 17, the day Santa returns for his grand appearance at the Town Lift Plaza.
"The carolers will come up on Friday, Dec. 16, that week," Ross said.
There will also be a window decoration contest that will run through Dec. 18.
"Main Street merchants will decorate their windows and we'll have guest judges award the merchants cash prizes," Ross said.
Parking will be available at the China Bridge garage on Swede Alley, but Ross encourages alternative forms of transportation to the events.
"We would like people to carpool, walk or ride the city's free busses," she said. "If you live in Park City, Old Town is one of the easiest places to get to because of the transit center."
On Saturday, Nov 26, Historic Park City Alliance will kick off its Holidays on Main celebration that will include the annual Electric Parade. For more information, visit http://www.historicparkcityutah.com.