A big part of the Hometown Holidays in historic downtown Fort Bragg is the Holiday Lights Parade. Formerly known as the Lighted Truck Parade, this event reaches back into the town’s timber industry past. While the focus of the parade today has changed, and the scope broadened, it is important to remember the origins of this holiday ritual. Lighted truck and tractor parades were common in rural American towns, and helped to celebrate the end of the working year. But after protests against the logging industry on the Northern California coast, the event was rechristened the Holiday Lights Parade.
This year’s parade is scheduled for Saturday evening, December 6, 2015, following the lighting of Fort Bragg’s official Christmas tree and a visit from Santa Claus, which starts at 5:00P with Santa’s arrival. Caroling begins at 6:00P followed by the tree lighting and the parade at 7:00P. The parade will follow a route from west Pine Street’s judging area, to Franklin Street, to Oak Street and then on to Main Street to complete the circle back to Pine. Viewing is possible along the entire route, with prime seats staked out early in across Main Street from the Guest House museum and the Christmas tree. Please remember this is a family-friendly event, and no alcohol is permitted.
If you wish to help the community carry on this tradition, and honor our working community, you can enter a vehicle in the parade. Click HERE for information and the entry form. It’s not too late to help support this holiday tradition. No vehicle is too small, so we hope to see you there, all decked out for the Christmas season.
If delayed by weather, the parade will be rescheduled for Friday, December 12th at the same place and time.