In Lowell, you know its the Holiday season when the mayor counts down to light up City Hall at the culmination of the City of Lights Parade. City of Lights is one of Lowell’s oldest traditions and truly an annual highlight on the city’s special events calendar. Here are a quick look back at the sights of this year’s celebration on November 24th.
The City of Lights celebration began with a day full of activities including the Festival of Wreaths and the Hot Chocolate competition.
Mayor Samaras participated in judging the float parade.
The five awards were given out as follows:
Mayor’s Award: Best in Parade—Greater Lowell Vocational High School
City Manager Award: Community Award: No Bully Zone Kids
Most Festive: Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 7
Most Creative: Lowell High School
Best Use of Theme: Middlesex Community College
Congresswoman-Elect Lori Trahan joined members of the Lowell City Council and Lowell School Committee in marching at the front of the parade.
The parade began on Jackson St before turning left up Central St to Merrimack St.
The Mayor’s Award Winner, Greater Lowell Technical High School had a Grinch-themed float.
The Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race was also among those featured.
And as always, the parade concluded with an appearance by Santa Claus!
Finally it was time for the Mayor to lead the countdown and light up City Hall!
All told it was another festive kickoff to the Holiday season.