ALAMOSA - With freezing temperatures and enthusiastic crowds lining both sides of Main Street, this year’s annual Christmas Parade was another one for the books. It’s amazing what can be done with some colored lights, colored paper, paint and a whole lot of creativity.
Jerry Honeycutt, the Alamosa Round-Up Christmas Light Parade announcer, set the stage for a fun night with ongoing descriptions of each of the floats while the Alamosa Police Department provided the judges who made the tough decisions of naming the winners.
Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) took first place honors in the parade with probably the first ever Rudolph the Red-Nosed Grader. It was a wondrous sight to see that rolling down Main Street with Santa in tow (but it’s a little doubtful that the crew will be airborne on Christmas Eve.)
The Ben E. Keith float came in second, loaded with fun and a grinch, sitting on his throne atop a stack of gifts and waving at the little Who girls and boys as he passed.
Marty’s Maintenance garnered third place with a cascade of lights, a healthy dose of “Merry Christmas!” and undoubtedly the bravest Santa anywhere sitting in a “hot tub” full of “bubbles” in sub-freezing temperatures.
Joey’s Diesel, yet another reindeer with a very cool set of massive antlers, snagged the win for “Most Lights”. CDOT was awarded for being the “Most Creative” and Alamosa County got the official nod from the judges for having the “Most Christmas Spirit”.
But, really, all 41 entries including 50 vehicles were winners for devoting so much time, energy and effort in providing the good folks of Alamosa with another festive parade celebrating this joyous season.
And the good stuff doesn’t stop there. Proceeds from the parade are used to send all the December babies born at SLV Regional Medical Center home in a Christmas stocking and cap. Dawn Honeycutt, president of the Alamosa Round-Up, gave a special shout-out to the sponsors who made the event possible, including SLVREC/Ciello, SLV Health, US Tractor & Harvest, Peak Motorsports, The Feed Store Church, Vemco Electric, MVCoop, Valleywide Health Systems, SLV Federal Bank, Rio Grande Bank, Honeycutt Rodeo and the Alamosa Round-Up.
“We really appreciate the support of the 2021 judges from the Alamosa Police Department, the community and The Alamosa Round-Up,” Honeycutt said.