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36th annual Festival of Lights Parade

36th annual Festival of Lights Parade
Posted at 10:19 PM, Dec 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-06 00:19:40-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — While the pandemic will not allow for many Christmas events to take place this holiday season, the 36th annual Festival of Lights Parade had to get a little creative to still make it possible.

Approximately 40 decorated Christmas floats lined the parking lot outside of the Broadmoor World Arena.

"This is the solution we had, a reverse parade where the community can come and drive-thru," said Liz Denson, Festival of Lights Parade Vice President.

In previous years, the Festival of Lights Parade would makes its way down Tejon St., while over 60,000 people would enjoy the show.

"We know there are so many people in our community that have brought their children to this event for 20 years," said Denson.

Unfortunately that tradition wasn't possible this year, due to the pandemic. However, the tradition of keeping the parade was possible.

"We wanted to make sure we could honor that tradition and give people a sense of hope this time of year," said Denson.

On Saturday evening, 1,200 cars drove thru to see their favorite floats.

"We wanted to bring a little Christmas cheer," said Denson.

Including the "Next Step Horse Rescue" float.

"We are very excited to be here," said Fredrick Banks, Next Step Horse Rescue.

Although it's their first year participating in the parade, Banks says he is already looking forward to next year's parade.

"It's all about giving back to the community and being a part of the community," said Banks.

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