Thousands watch downtown Coeur d’Alene light up and get into the Christmas spirit during the Lights Ceremony Parade

Bright Christmas lights. Spoilsport. Red Hot Mamas.

All of them could be seen on an unusually warm Friday evening as thousands of people paced the edge of Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d’Alene for the 29th Annual Light Ceremony Parade.

“I liked everything,” said 6-year-old Adrian Slack, who has never been to the parade.

Adrian’s father Michael said the Lake City High School marching band performed phenomenally as they were in sync the entire time.

Lauren Bergendahl, an LCHS junior, made her third appearance as part of the High School Marching Band at the Coeur d’Alene Holiday Parade. She played the saxophone on Friday.

“It’s one of my favorite things to do,” she said. “I love the band’s participation and I love to see the whole community come together for the Christmas parade. And I love to see how festive it is. “

Cars, trucks, boats, horses – many decked out with colored Christmas lights and decorations – marched down the Sherman to the west.

A Hagadone Marine Group boat featured two people disguised as a snowman and reindeer, towing an elf on a skateboard and a man with reindeer antlers behind the vessel.

The Red Hot Mamas, described on their Facebook page as a “musical comedy group by vintage women”, danced down the street with Christmas presents around their torsos.

Smokey Bear waved to the crowd in the back of an Idaho Department of Lands fire engine, Sparky, the fire dog, gave high fives to kids on the curb, and a Coeur d’Alene handcart rolled down the street with flashing red and white lights and a pounding horn.

The parade ended with Santa Claus sitting in the back of a Coeur d’Alene fire engine and waving.

The highlight of the evening for many children was the Grinch character marching down the main street.

“Seeing the Grinch” was my favorite part, said Peyton Nelson, 7. His brother Cameron Nelson, 5, agreed, but only because his older brother said it first, according to Valerie Nelson, the boys’ mother.

Valerie Nelson said the family moved to Hayden from Edmonds, Washington in July, making this the first time the family has participated in the annual parade.

“I liked it,” said Valerie Nelson. “I love small, small parades in small towns. It looks quaint. We were from Edmonds so we had a similar thing but not that big. I love all the festivities of Christmas. “

Sarah Jeffries took her 5-year-old niece Timberlynn Belfry and her 12-year-old daughter Kennedy Jeffries to the procession.

“I loved all of the characters,” said Timberlynn.

After the parade, over 1.5 million lights were turned on to illuminate the downtown area and thundering fireworks lit the night sky.

“I just liked all the colors and lights,” said Kennedy Jeffries.

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