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Miss Highland’s annual Lighted Christmas Parade? See it here.

After being delayed a day due to rain, Highland's annual Lighted Christmas Parade is being lauded as a success with more entries than the parade has ever had.
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After being delayed a day due to rain, Highland's annual Lighted Christmas Parade is being lauded as a success with more entries than the parade has ever had.

After being rescheduled due to rain and a forecast of possible severe weather, Highland’s Lighted Christmas Parade went off without a hitch Saturday night.

Throughout downtown Highland, Christmas-themed floats, characters and even Santa Claus marched toward the city’s Plaza Square where the annual lighting of the park was held after the parade.

Hosted by the Highland Chamber of Commerce, the parade featured more than 50 floats this year, the most entries Chamber Executive Director Nancie Zobrist said the event has ever had.

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An elf made out of balloons walks in Highland’s annual Lighted Christmas Parade Saturday, Nov. 24. Kavahn Mansouri kmansouri@bnd.com

“That’s the most I think we’ve ever had. It’s great and we’re excited about it,” Zobrist said.

She said while rescheduling the parade was hectic, the community was supportive through the change.

“Switching the dates was a little hectic but Highland’s a great community to live in and everyone was really understanding,” Zobrist said.

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Santa waves to the crowd during Highland’s annual Lighted Christmas Parade Saturday, Nov. 24. The parade was delayed one day due to rainy weather the night before. Kavahn Mansouri kmansouri@bnd.com

This year Starlight Dance Studio won the parade’s float competition. Each float was themed around “Rocking Around The Christmas Tree.”

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A float in Highland’s annual Lighted Christmas Parade Saturday, Nov. 24. This year the parade was themed “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.” Kavahn Mansouri kmansouri@bnd.com

Kavahn Mansouri covers government accountability for the Belleville News-Democrat, holding officials and institutions accountable and tracking how taxpayer money is spent.
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