Holidays are here

About 60 units in hour-long event

Citizens Bank Minnesota employees (above) wear colorful costumes with Christmas lights in the 35th Annual Parade of Lights Friday. Photo by Fritz Busch

NEW ULM — Parade-goers began putting blankets on the Minnesota Street curb early Friday afternoon as the 35th Annual New Ulm Parade of Lights featured an hour-long procession of about 60 units from south to north on Minnesota Street.

Events that have taken place for many years followed tradition. Kevin Guggisberg took a bench seat a couple hours before the parade, organized by the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce, began.

When asked what he wanted for Christmas, Guggisberg answered “peace on earth.”

People ranging in age from childhood to senior citizens lined the parade route full of real Christmas trees, wreaths and lights.

Many families came downtown early to dine and get salubrious.

The New Ulm Real Estate unit is pictured below.

By the time the parade began, the temperature was in the low 20s with a light northwest wind.

Celebrating the holiday season and welcoming Santa to the community with a ride in an historic New Ulm fire truck, the mood was merry and bright.

Immediately after the parade, New Ulm Mayor Kathleen Backer lighted the tall Christmas tree outside City Hall.

Today, (Nov. 25) is Small Business Saturday, designed to recognize and encourage local, small businesses with free and discounted treats for all shoppers, includes many deals.

For more information, visit www.newulm.com.

Photo by Fritz Busch Members on the Catholic Church of St. George parade unit wave to the crowd.

Photos by Clay Schuldt Rudolph the Red Nosed Rein Deer smiles to the crowds gathered for the parade of lights.

Schell’s Hobo Band, top left, enjoys a light moment during the Parade of Lights Friday

lights. Below, Cathedral High School Cheer squad pumps up the Parade of Lights spectators.

Photo by Clay Schuldt The New Ulm Narren were among the first group to march down Minnesota Street for the parade of lights. “Bertrum” waves to crowds.

he New Ulm-Sleepy Eye girl’s hockey team, top right, interacts with the parade crowd.


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