Historic Park City’s Electric Parade will usher in the holiday season
November 24, 2015
Park City’s annual Electric Parade is a way for families and friends to see Christmas and other holiday lights. But instead of piling into cars and driving through illuminated neighborhoods, people can stand on Historic Main Street as the parade brings the lights to them, said the parade’s marketing director Meisha Lawson.
"A police escort and the Main Street Trolley lead the way," Lawson told The Park Record. "The parade starts at City Park and runs up to Ninth Street then up Main Street and down Swede Alley to Heber Avenue and back to the park."
This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 28, and will begin at 5:30 p.m.
This is the third year the event will coincide with Small Business Saturday, according to Lawson.
"Previously the parade took place on the Winter Solstice," she said. "The problem was the day of the week shifted every year, and it was hard for people to make their plans."
Consequently, the parade didn’t have a strong spectator crowd.
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"That changed when we shifted the date," Lawson said. "We wanted it to serve as a kickoff to the holiday season and it has been very successful from a spectator standpoint."
Last year, more than 2,500 people came to watch the parade.
"What we would really like to happen is to have more people enter floats," Lawson said. "For the past few years, we have featured 10 entrants, and we want more, because we want to put on a better show for those who come to watch."
Registering for the parade is simple. All they have to do is send Lawson an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Once they email me, I’ll send them a little form to fill out," Lawson said. "The cool thing is you don’t have to be a big business to enter a float and registration is free to anyone who wants to participate. We will accept individuals, groups and families."
Participants can make floats out of almost anything.
"We have cars, trucks, bicycles, you name it," Lawson said. "It doesn’t have to be over the top. You can even just put on light on a car and enter the parade."
The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 27, but Lawson is flexible.
"I have had people contact me at the last minute on Saturday and we still get them in," she said.
As an added bonus, all entrants will be eligible to win cash prizes.
"We will have a contest and give out awards in four categories," Lawson said.
The categories are the Mayor’s Award/Best in Show, Power to Make It Happen/Best Use of Lights, Entrepreneurs Unite/Small Business Award, Holiday Time in the Mountains/Best Christmas Spirit
"First place will receive $200 and the other three category winners will receive $100," Lawson said. "We have local celebrities and business owners who will serve as judges."
The confirmed judges are Mayor Jack Thomas, Melissa Berry from Root’d and Kimberly Kuehn from Park Silly Sunday Market.
"The Electric Parade is a great way for families from all over in a reasonable driving distance to kick off the holiday season," Lawson said. "It’s just fun and still quirky enough to still have that good old Park City feel."
In addition to the parade on Saturday, the Historic Park City Alliance will host a Christmas tree lighting at Miner’s Park at 5:30 p.m.
"We’ll have Santa on the street from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. and carolers from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.," Lawson said. "So, there is a whole festive experience."
The parade and tree-lighting are just the beginning of the Historic Park City Alliance’s Holidays in Historic Park City events that will run until Christmas, according to Lawson.
"We’ll have carolers and Santa Claus on Main Street on every Saturday, and Santa will also show up on Dec. 23, the Wednesday before Christmas," she said
Some of the Main Street merchants will participate in a window display contest as well.
"The windows will be up on Saturday, Nov. 28, and voting will run through Dec. 18," Lawson explained. "We are going to change it up this year and will have different people in the arts and entertainment community judge the contest. Then we’ll announce the winners right before Christmas."
Historic Park City Alliance will present its annual Electric Parade and holiday festivities on Main Street on Saturday, Nov. 28. The official lighting of the town tree will start at 5:30 p.m., and the parade will leave City Park at 6 p.m. For more information visit http://www.historicparkcityutah.com .
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