New route for Downtown Tucson Parade of Lights

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Take a look at the NEW route and NEW Festival location for the 23rd Annual Parade of Lights!

“CARONDELET HEALTH NETWORK AND THE DOWNTOWN TUCSON PARTNERSHIP PRESENT THE 23RD ANNUAL PARADE OF LIGHTS AND FESTIVAL! JOIN US IN THIS TUCSON HOLIDAY TRADITION AS WE WELCOME A NEW ROUTE AND NEW LOCATION OF THE FESTIVAL IN JACOME PLAZA ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16TH!!!

AND THE FORECAST IN THE PLAZA CALLS FOR SNOW!!!”

https://www.downtowntucson.org/visit/parade-of-lights/

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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  1. A beautiful parade! Lots of lights! The Knights of Columbus, proudly led the parade carrying the colors of our country. They also had a float depicting the true light of the world, Jesus, at His birth with His mother Mary in the stable. This was a great parade, many cars and vehicles, marching bands, Big vehicles like fire engines, power company vehicles. The one flaw was the non-stop Spanish speaking announcers. It was too much and annoying.

    • Yes John, it was a terrific parade of over one hour of floats, classic cars, carts, etc. all lit up with bright lights. We wondered about that loud Spanish speaking announcer at Jacome Plaza, near the start of the parade. Would have liked it be bilingual with English too. Otherwise it was a truly impressive parade of lights for the holiday season.

  2. Seemed like 25,000 people downtown tonight to attend the festival, see the tree lighting and watch the 23rd annual Parade of Lights. Our favorites were a Gingerbread house, a brightly lit Cemex cement truck, neon lit Tow truck (Tow-maker?), and the finale of Santa Claus on the very bright fire truck. Also in the parade were Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Ward 5 Councilman Richard Fimbres and Ward 3 Councilman Paul Durham, and Ward 6 Councilman Steve K on a bike with others. Check out downtown before Christmas to see 38 buildings with new strings of white lights on their exteriors. The snow at Jacome Plaza was a big hit for the kids.

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