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Holiday parade lights up the night

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ST. IGNATIUS — The community came together for the town Christmas tree lighting and a parade of lights on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Good Old Days Park.

The event has grown in size and participation, and to accommodate the growth, it was moved to the park this year. In years past, it was held on Blaine Street.

Darren Orr, event coordinator, said “We are missing some of our floats, but we have plenty of other things going on. This is our first year having the reindeer.” 

Two reindeer, normally at Murdoch’s this time of year for people to see, made the trek south to join in the town’s festivities. Santa Claus sat by his reindeer and greeted children who came over to see the magical creatures as they ate hay and walked around with their bells jingling. 

Jordan Duncan, reindeer handler, said: “Most people think reindeer are caribou sized so they are surprised by how small they are. It’s great to let the kids enjoy them this time of year. The main thing is that they are still wild animals so, if you get to see them, be respectful of them and always watch out for the antlers.”

Volunteers served chili and hot chocolate to warm everyone up during the cold December night. Fire pits were also set up. Participants enjoyed a raffle for a television and a couple of other items.

Local businesses funded the event as well as some located further up the road, including Murdoch’s. 

After folks walked around admiring the floats, drivers lined them up and headed down the parade route through town. People could be seen lined up all along the parade route, enjoying the lit up array of festive holiday floats.

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