Annual holiday parade lights up downtown Perry

Allison Ullmann - Staff
Santa waves from the back of a pickup truck at the end of the lighted parade on Friday, Nov. 23. PHOTO BY ALLISON ULLMANN/THE PERRY CHIEF

The annual Lighted Parade and Holiday Celebration returned to Perry on Friday, Nov. 23 to help kick off the holiday season.

The lights on 2nd Street went dark as the parade made its way past crowds of adults and kids. The parade featured holiday lights on fire trucks, performers from Showtime Dance Studio, inflatables and more.

Santa closed out the parade as he rode down 2nd Street in an old pickup truck before being dropped off at La Poste. A long line of kids waited for their turn with Santa. Some posed for a photo while others made out their Christmas letters and dropped them in a lighted mailbox.

Greta Akers performed a mini concert while the kids and adults waited in line. Others grabbed a hot chocolate from Perry Perk and made their way to the Hotel Pattee.

The hotel held a pancake supper and cookie decorating during the holiday celebration. The Perry High School Choir then performed, followed by Genevieve Michele Walczyk, the One-Woman Symphony.

Look for more photos and video from the Lighted Parade and Holiday Celebration at www.theperrychief.com and in the Nov. 29 paper.