It’S Parade Time In Payson

The Electric Light Parade will march down Main Street starting at 6 p.m. tomorrow night.

The Electric Light Parade will march down Main Street starting at 6 p.m. tomorrow night.


“I love a parade, the tramping of feet,

I love every beat I hear of a drum.

I love a parade, when I hear a band

I just want to stand and cheer as they come.”

“I Love A Parade”

Arden-Ohman Orchestra, 1932

This Saturday evening, we’ll all have a chance to stand up and sing “I Love A Parade!” as the 12th annual Electric Light Parade proudly marches and wheels its way along Main Street — which will become, for an hour in time, “Electric Avenue.”

Starting at 6 p.m., electrically decorated cars, ATVs, trucks, golf carts, buses and even semi trailers, will motor their way from Green Valley Park to the Sawmill Crossing Complex.

“This year we will have over 40 entries in the parade, which makes this year’s parade one of the biggest we’ve had,” said David Roehrig, Payson Parks’ special events coordinator.

“Leading the parade will be the Gila County old-time fire truck and, of course, jolly old St. Nick will be bringing up the rear,” he continued.

“This year’s grand marshal will be Payson High School student, Chelsie Stodghill, a National High School Rodeo champion. And we’re thrilled to once again have the Payson High School marching band with us.”

Parade announcing areas will be at the Presbyterian Church (Fred The DJ), the Oxbow Saloon (Eddie Armer) and the Pine Country Animal Clinic (me, DJ Craig).

Parades are always a lot of fun for people of all ages. The forecast is for clear skies and seasonably moderate temperatures, so rustle up the kids and anybody else you can find who enjoys small-town fun and head on down this Saturday night to “Electric Avenue.”

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the singer who sang the hit “Electric Avenue,” which peaked at No. 2 on the pop charts in 1983?

This rock-reggae singer, born in Guyana and raised in London, England started out his singing career with the group The Equals. He had two other singles reach the Billboard charts — “I Don’t Wanna Dance” and “Romancing The Stone” — the title song from the movie starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.

Is this “Electric Avenue” singer A) Huey Lewis; B) Eddy Grant; C) David Bowie; or D) Lionel Richie?

If you’re the sixth caller this week and have the right answer, you’ll win a CD of your favorite singer or music genre.

This past week’s trivia question asked you to name the musical group that recorded the 1978 hit “Thank You For The Music?”

This two males, two females group was formed in 1972 in Stockholm, Sweden and became the most commercially successful pop group of the 1970s.

From 1974 through the end of the decade, this quartet had 15 hits, including “SOS,” “Fernando,” “Take A Chance On Me” and their No. 1 hit “Dancing Queen.”

Was this “Thank You For The Music Group” A) Chic, B) A Taste Of Honey, C) ABBA, or D) The Starland Vocal Band?

The correct answer was ABBA. Each of the other three groups were also popular during the 1970s, with all three having at least one hit reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

Congratulations to this past week’s first-time music trivia winner, Lana Swearingen, of Pine, who won two tickets, courtesy of the Tonto Community Concert Association, to this Friday’s Aleron Trio concert in the Payson High School Auditorium.

A little about Lana — She was born and raised in Detroit, Mich., during the heart of the Motown era. After high school, she attended Wayne State University and then later finished her college studies at the University of Maryland.

Lana has a very interesting background. She completed a 20-year career working in our nation’s Pentagon and is also an author. She has recently had her book, “We Were Army Wives” published.

Just this past year, Lana moved to Pine because, as she said, “I felt it was the perfect place for holding writers’ workshops.” (If you are interested in information about her workshops, you can call Lana at (480-298-4313.)

In addition to writing, Lana enjoys hiking and exploring. Her music interests include 1960s-80s rock ’n’ roll, Motown and easy listening. Her three favorite artists are The Drifters, Rod Stewart and Cher.

New pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from the ninth annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner, hosted by the Elks Lodge. Five hundred Thanksgiving meals were served at the lodge and another 100 meals were delivered to the homebound.

Many kudos to the Elks Lodge staff who labored the entire week before, preparing the food and organizing the event, and to the many area residents who volunteered their time on Thanksgiving day to make this such a great holiday event.

Have a great week ahead — and maybe I’ll see you at the parade!

DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482


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