December 6, 2011
The Home Depot float with its interesting motif of a working North Pole Express train chugging around the track during the Electric Light Parade took first place in the commercial division.
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With the temperature at freezing and snow on the ground, nature offered the Payson Electric Light Parade a perfect stage for its performance. “It’s like 32 degrees here,” said a teenager into her cell phone to a friend. Next to her, fires raged safely in metal pits while her family shared cups of hot chocolate to stay warm. Cars lined Main Street along the length of the parade route. People turned the night into a party despite the cold and snow. Running down the street a little boy sang, “Jingle bell — jingle bell — jingle bell rock!” Some parade goers brought tall, silver propane heaters, chairs and tables. Others erected canopies with dining rooms ensconced inside. Pots of chili and mugs of apple cider steamed in people’s hands. Impromptu snowball fights broke out. “So anyway, how are you guys doing?” one resident called to a friend. “It’s a good turnout already,” another said to a neighbor.