Getting with the holiday spirit
December 3, 2017 | Palm Springs always holds its Festival of Lights parade on the first Saturday in December. Some years it is bitterly cold; other years quite balmy. This year it was clement: cool, but not so cold as to induce shivering.
As usual, we went early to claim our spots along the parade route, but when we got there at 4:30pm, all the curbside seating had already been claimed! Looks like we'll have to go even earlier next year.
This year's parade was an assortment of bands, old cars, fire-engines, marching groups, floats, balloons, and so on. But there were a number of new entrants this year.
Unfortunately, this year's parade was marred by very poor organization. At times there were long gaps, and nothing kills the parade spirit than sitting there wondering where the rest of the parade is. Also, for a festival of lights parade, there were too many units without any lights. Or, alternatively, blinding lights except for the sign saying who the group is! Particularly disappointing was that the parade was led by a color guard of flags, which no one could see because there was no lighting on them. How hard can it be to attach a small LED spotlight to the base of the flagpole and light up the flag?
Last updated on Dec 3, 2017