Residents gather for holiday light parade despite chilly temperatures
HOULTON, Maine — A bitterly cold night, with temperatures in the single digits and a stiff wind, did not deter people from participating in the annual Holiday Light Parade through Houlton Saturday night.
The parade heralds the official start to the holiday season, complete with the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree and the arrival of Santa Claus. After illuminating the tree, Santa and Mrs. Claus met with children eager to whisper their Christmas wish list at the County Co-Op and Farm Store on Main Street.
Because of the colder weather, the number of spectators gathered in Market Square was smaller than the previous years. However, the number of vehicles parked on North Street was up dramatically as nearly every open lot was filled with people in their vehicles staying warm.
Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director said she continues to be amazed at the creativity by those who enter floats each year. The parade marks the final event of the year for the Chamber.
This year’s overall float winner was Houlton Regional Hospital, while Adalia North and Community Living Association were both named runners up.