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MainStreet bestows parade honors

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These mice are stirring all through the town as they appear on the Fame One of Artesia float. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

MainStreet Roswell has announced the award winners of the 2018 Holiday Electric Light Parade, which occurred along North Main Street Saturday night.

The 33 entries for the parade, which had the theme “Honoring All Who Served,” consisted of about 57 vehicles, bikes and floats, as well as marching and walking groups, according to MainStreet Executive Director Kathy Lay.

For the first year in some time, a horse-drawn carriage was part of the line-up, this one sponsored by Tractor Supply Co. Other entries included Toys for Tots; various city of Roswell units and departments, including fire and police; local businesses, radio stations and stores; churches; the Mesa Middle School Panther Pride Band and the Mountain View Mustang Cheerleaders.

The annual tradition has occurred since 1989, Lay said, when it began as the Lighted Christmas Parade.

The 2018 awards winners were the New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy, Best Display of Theme; Buckner’s Bikes, Best Use of Color; Roswell Fire Department, Best Lights; Church on the Move, Best Crowd Appeal; and the Roswell High School championship football and cheer teams, the “Made Roswell Proud” Award.