Parade of Lights Kickstarts the Season

Old Town Cape Parade of LightsWhen dusk falls the Christmas lights will come on, and a familiar river of floats will make their 22nd trip down Broadway. Christmas music and happy faces will be all around, it’s the perfect way to start the season.

The Parade of Lights in Cape Girardeau has been a season tradition since 1992. At five o’clock when the sun goes down the floats light up to reflect the hard work local organizations and businesses have put into the parade. It’s an opportunity to bring the whole community together for a holiday celebration.

The parade offers businesses, churches, and organizations like the hospitals and fire department a chance to show off their holiday spirit, and display the local talent of carolers, and decorators. Every float will be covered in lights decorated to the theme of ‘Christmas Carols and Candy Canes’, music will play, candy will be thrown, and Santa Clause, as always, will wrap up the end of the parade.

Several stores will decorate their windows to help bring awareness to their business, and some even offer warm drinks and treats to parade watchers to help with the chilly weather. It’s a great way to bring out the community and get everyone in the festive spirit.

Christa Zickfield of the Old Town Cape organization says that the goal is to give families a chance to get together and have fun.

The Parade is November 30, and begins at 5 p.m. Line-up starts at Capaha Park, and will travel down Broadway.

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