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Chico Parade of Lights illuminates the town

A Chico Unified School District bus proves that creativity does not stop with the light decor, but any vehicle can be used as well. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Downtown Chico, was lit up with rockets, bands and even baby sharks.

Chico held its 29th Annual Parade of Lights, Saturday, where high school bands, local businesses and families came out to show their talents and see who could shine the brightest.

The Chico High School marching band played their fight song and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" as they paraded through downtown. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

In the pre-parade, parents lined the edges of the streets with lawn chairs, yelling at their children to be careful. Kiosks rolled around, selling glow sticks, bubbles, toy light swords and animal hats. People of all ages were dancing in the streets and kids were begging their parents to buy them glowing toys.

The Rosedale Elementary School float is decorated with lots of bright colors. It is the only two-way immersion school in Chico where students learn both English and Spanish languages. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

This year’s theme was Exploration: from Deep Sea to Deep Space. Starting between the corners of Starbucks and Jon and Bon’s Yogurt Shoppe, floats of many shapes and sizes came rolling through. Going along with the theme, there were rocket-floats with kids dressed as astronauts and ocean themed floats filled with little sharks. Local business like Silver Dollar BMX participated, with kids riding on their bikes and performing different types of tricks on them. Local school bands came marching through with roaring instruments.

Sherwood Elementary students and faculty got creative by exploring the theme of the deep sea with glowing jellyfish. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson
The Woodson family entered into the Parade of Lights to express "they're a fun family" with their creative space design. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Though the majority of the floats and marchers were organizations and businesses, there were many individuals that people cheered for, like the Woodson Family Space Float with their two kids riding in the back of a rocket. Also, one of Chico’s favorites Mike G, came riding through with a big smile and his dog Little G.

Little Chico Creek Elementary School decorated their float up as the Magic School Bus for the space theme of the parade. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

To learn more about the Parade of Lights and its history, you can visit its website.

Justin Jackson can be reached at [email protected], or on Twitter @JustJack0176

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