Area parades kick off holiday season

File Photo Bystanders watch a float in Clovis’ holiday parade last year. This year’s parade will be 6 p.m. Saturday on Main Street.

Benna Sayyed

Area Christmas parades kick off Saturday in Clovis and Muleshoe.

“It’s just a feel-good parade,” said Robyne Beaubien, executive director of Clovis MainStreet about the traveling light show set to begin at 6 p.m. on Clovis’ Main Street.

“Everybody is in high spirits and we have a lot to be grateful for here in our community.

“People who turn out to view and participate in the parade will be very happy.”

They may also be cold, with nighttime temperatures expected in the teens with a good chance of precipitation.

Parade watchers could be a little warmer across the state line in Muleshoe, where the annual holiday event begins at 10 a.m. (CST).

Portales’ downtown Christmas light parade is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 10.

Beaubien said the Clovis parade had around 40 entries early this week. She said the parade typically has 80 to 100 entries, many of which do not come in until week’s end.

Beginning at 5:15 p.m., Saturday, Clovis parade floats will line up at Hilltop Plaza, walkers will line up in front of Lowe’s Grocery Store, and marching bands will line up behind Marshall Middle High.

After getting into formation, the procession will start at 14th and Main streets and continue south on Main to Grand Avenue. It usually lasts an hour.

This year’s parade theme is “a Charlie Brown Christmas,” Beaubien said.

She said entries are being accepted until 4 p.m. today. Entry forms are available at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce or at the Clovis MainStreet office.

“One great thing about the parade is that it’s different every year. People really work hard to put lots of lights on their entries that express the theme. We anticipate that this year’s theme will see lots of fun things,” Beaubien said.

According to Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos, the parade has grown significantly since Clovis MainStreet took over its organization and promotion six years ago.

Kos said Clovis MainStreet adopted the task as part of its mission to promote and focus on downtown. Kos said the parade creates a higher level of competition between local businesses and organizations that put extra energy into decorating.

“It’s just a great event that brings the community together. The magnitude of the Christmas lights is just beautiful,” Kos said.