Parade of lights brightens the night

Parade of lights brightens the night

Parade of lights brightens the night

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the Parade of Lights returned to Battle Mountain. Nine floats entered into the parade this year but the event is gaining energy after the successful show this year.

The Battle Mountain Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual parade and judges selected the top three floats. The decision from the judges was not easy, as several entrants went all-out to impress the panel with their combination of lights and themed floats.

Small Mine Development (SMD) claimed the first place prize for the third year in a row. Their theme of “A Christmas Story” float included a child stuck to a light pole while portraying several other scenes of the classic holiday movie.

“We are so happy that everyone enjoyed our float,” said SMD employee Ashlee Edgar, “Huge thank you to my crew for making it happen.”

The second place float was awarded to Mill’s Pharmacy, who elected to go with a “Grinch” theme. Although they did not win first place, the float they created entertained the families attending the parade.

“The Grinch was done very well, with everyone in great costumes. It was nice to see so much participation,” stated Dawn McClary of the Battle Mountain Chamber of Commerce.

The third place winner was the Girl Scouts float whose trailer full of youngsters singing Christmas carols helped win over the judges for a top three finish.

Overall, all nine floats put in a great effort and participation was not hard to find.

“The Parade of Lights is starting to get some energy behind it, and we are expecting to have more entries next year,” explained McClary after awarding SMD their trophy, “We are possibly even going to get an entry from Newmont Mining next time.”

The Parade of Lights capped off a busy week for most in Battle Mountain and certainly lit the streets of the town for a fun, unique evening event. Next year SMD says they will be going for their fourth straight win, but Mill’s Pharmacy appears determined to take the title away from them.