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20th Annual Madera Light Parade

The 20th Annual Madera Light Parade is scheduled for Thursday Dec 5,2013.  The light parade is an annual tradition in Madera that kicks off the Holiday Season with a spectacular Christmas celebration of lights.  The event is hosted by the Madera Kiwanis Club and the Downtown Association.

The light parade began 20 years ago as a procession of tractors and farm equipment down Yosemite Avenue in Madera, Ca.  It was a great way to celebrate the end of the harvest and kick off the Holiday Season.  Today, the parade route continues down Yosemite Avenue and still includes tractors & harvesters as well as fire trucks, cars, semi trucks, flatbed trailers and just about anything else.  There is only one qualification to enter…each vehicle must have a minimum of 100 lighted Christmas lights.   Madera residents line the streets of Yosemite Avenue and cheer for their favorite entries.

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning will be entering the parade again with their fleet of antique fire apparatus decorated and loaded with Purl’s Sheet Metal employees and families.   It is a great evening for us to bbq hot dogs, drink hot cocoa and sing some Christmas carols.   The Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning fleet includes, 1979 Crown Fire Coach Pumper, 1951 American LaFrance Pumper & 1948 American LaFrance Aerial Ladder Truck.

The parade begins at 6pm and also offers tickets to the wine stroll through downtown businesses with appetizers and wine tasting from more than 15 local Madera Wineries.  Contact the Madera Chamber of Commerce for tickets.

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