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MainStreet downtown holiday events begin Friday

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Submitted Graphic MainStreet Roswell has provided this map showing the flow of traffic for the drive-thru Light Parade on Saturday behind the Roswell Convention Center.

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Holiday celebrations in downtown Roswell are planned for Friday and Saturday, organized by MainStreet Roswell.
First Friday events on Dec. 3 will revolve around MainStreet Roswell’s “Holiday in Whoville” theme, a reference to the Dr. Seuss classic “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”
“Devon Bullock is organizing a community Christmas tree decorating and tree lighting that also includes caroling with local choir groups,” the MainStreet organization announced. “This family-fun event will bring nostalgia to parents and grandparents and hopefully a new tradition for the kids.”
The event — which includes the opportunity to shop or eat downtown or look at the store decorations reflecting the “Whoville” theme — concludes with a showing at about 7 p.m. of the 2000 version of the “Grinch” movie on the lawn of the Chaves County Courthouse.
On Saturday, MainStreet’s annual Christmas Electric Light Parade gets a bit of a tweak. Instead of the floats and entries traveling along North Main Street as people watch, static floats will be parked in the lots behind the Roswell Convention Center, 912 N. Main St., with people able to drive or walk around them. The event also will have the “Whoville” theme. 
Floats can begin to set up at 10 a.m., with the tour of floats occurring from 6-10 p.m.
MainStreet Roswell board president Juliana Halvorson said that people will enter at the south side of the Convention Center parking lot and will “wind” through that parking lot to cross Richardson Avenue and turn right into the DeBremond Stadium parking lot.
Visitors can travel through that parking lot to see the floats or they can park in the south area of the parking lot to take photos, get snacks or cocoa, or purchase the Chaves County Courthouse ornaments that MainStreet is selling. Halvorson said that people are asked not to stop if driving through the route, although they can travel through as many times as they want.
First Friday and the Light Parade also involve other local groups, including the city of Roswell, the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and the Friends of the Sheriff’s Office, the New Mexico Mounted Police and local Boy Scouts.
More information is available on the group’s website, mainstreetroswell.org, or its Facebook page.

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