Parade of Lights
It is the most wonderful, prettiest time of the year in Historic Downtown Cochrane. The buildings and light standards are bathed in holiday seasonal lights; violet blue, mint green, fire engine red, bright white, and golden yellow hues envelope the main downtown street. We soak up this picturesque, Norman Rockwell ambiance while the spectator’s line both sides of First Street for several blocks, waiting for the annual Parade of Lights.
The Parade of Lights is a celebration of the Holiday Season organized by the Light Up Committee. Community members get involved by volunteering and participating in the parade. It is an event that encompasses our small town feel! The floats and vehicles are decked out in seasonal lights sparkling and twinkling; volunteers happily handing out treats to the crowd.
Historic Downtown Cochrane
One of the attractions is a real-life appearance of a polar bear sauntering down the street on its rear haunches. It is a magnet for photograph seekers and models alike as parents politely lined their children up for pictures with the large carnivore.
The highlight of the parade and what most of the children were patiently waiting for, to catch a glimpse of the jolly fellow in a red suit, Santa Claus, being pulled by reindeer in his sleigh. The Parade of Lights is an event that warms the heart and puts a smile on your face as the community celebrates the holidays season in Historic Downtown Cochrane!
Pat Price – guest journalist and photographer