MainStreet Roswell’s annual Electric Light Parade is set to illuminate the holiday spirit of Chaves County tonight at 6 p.m. The parade will come down Main Street from College Boulevard and end at Walnut Street.
Parade spectators are encouraged to come early for MainStreet Roswell’s first-ever Christmas Caroling contest, which takes place at the Chaves County Courthouse at 4 p.m.
Caroling entrants have been encouraged to dress in vintage outfits from the 1912 era, so spectators can enjoy a show that is kind to both the eyes and the ears. Prizes will be given to first-, second- and third-place winners.
“We’re encouraging people to shop downtown, and this gives them a great opportunity to bring in the Christmas spirit and enjoy caroling and music downtown as [people] come to set up to watch the parade,” said Juliana Halverson, MainStreet Roswell board member.
Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest will also be at the courthouse selling hot chocolate.
The Electric Light Parade theme this year is the New Mexico Centennial, so spectators can expect a variety of floats that pay homage to the Land of Enchantment. Businesses along the parade path are asked to please turn off their lights during the parade in order to enhance the creativity of the floats.
MainStreet Roswell will provide trophies to the winning float participants in six classes: nonprofit, commercial, individual, church, youth and car clubs.
“It’s a great way to bring in the holiday season,” Halverson said. “Kids can see Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus; it’s a great family event. It’s free, so come out and enjoy it. And I think it’s going to be really nice outside, so come and enjoy our beautiful Southeastern New Mexico weather.”