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Fulda’s inaugural Parade of Lights is Friday night

FULDA — The Fulda Community Club is kicking off the holiday season in style by hosting its first-ever Fulda Parade of Lights. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday whether it’s snowing or shining.

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“When we had our festival in June we were looking for another event to have in winter,” said Tina Slaathaug, member of the Community Club. “So the Community Club all got together and decided on the idea of the Parade of Lights.”

More than 25 floats from different businesses, schools and churches — all decorated with the theme “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” — will be participating in the parade.

Floats will be judged on creativity involving Christmas lights, music and decorations based on the theme. A prize of $50 will be given to the first-place winner in those categories.

“This is a family friendly event, and it gives families and friends the opportunity to get together and have a fun night in Fulda,” said Slaathaug.

Santa will be in town as grand marshal during the parade, and he will also be available before the parade. Santa will be at Antonio’s Pizza, located on 202 N. St Paul Ave., from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. for pictures and snacks.

There will also be a horse and carriage ride during the event for everyone to enjoy.

Following the parade, “Home Alone” and “Arthur Christmas” will be showing on the big screen located in the Fulda High School gym. There will be no charge for the movie; a freewill donation will be taken at the door. Holiday goodies and other concessions will also be available during the movie.

While this is the first year of the event, the Community Club has big plans for the Parade of Lights.

“Our goal is to make this an annual event for the community,” explained Slaathaug. “We’re looking to build on it in future years and even add a second day filled with events, but after the event this year we’ll get together as a group and decide what we want to do for next year.”

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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