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Parade delights children with holiday lights

Hannah Grover

FARMINGTON – The Farmington Christmas parade, which took over Main Street through downtown Thursday night, invited viewers and participants to board the Polar Express.

Floats designed in the shape of trains were common sights as the various organizations that took part decorated their floats based on the "All Aboard the Polar Express" theme. It was a popular choice for viewers.

"It was actually a very good parade," said Nicole Jim as she and her daughter, Scarlett, 4, prepared to leave after the event. "I loved the Polar Express theme."

The mild weather was also a plus for many of the onlookers who gathered on the streets.

"It's not as cold as I thought,"  Jessica Carlisle commented.

The Farmington High School teacher joined her colleague, Carrey Halneir, to watch the parade and cheer for their students.

Sonny Harvey waves from the Four Corners Home for Children float Thursday during the annual Christmas parade on Main Street in downtown Farmington.

Nearby, Ava Rollins, 2, and her brother, Keenan Rollins, 4, scrambled for candy as their mother, Emily Rollins, enjoyed the parade.

Rollins said their favorite float was the parks department's float that was decorated like a train with a smaller train leading it.

This is the second time the family has attended the parade.

"The kids are older, so it's more fun," Rollins said.

Landon Hatley and his father Brent Hatley wave to parade goers Thursday as they ride on a trailer sponsored by the Four Corners Antique Power Association during the annual Christmas parade on Main Street in downtown Farmington.

If local residents missed Thursday's parade, there are still more to come, including one at 6 p.m. Friday starting at the Shiprock Chapter House, a parade starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Bloomfield and a parade at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 in Aztec.

This weekend also includes a variety of other holiday events, including Riverglo from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Berg Park, the San Juan College luminarias from 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the college and the first-ever Miracle on Main Street from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Farmington Civic Center.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

Monique Crawford, left, and Jacqueline Paquin escort the Grinch Thursday during the annual Christmas parade on Main Street in downtown Farmington.