The Gridley Area Chamber of Commerce tried something new this year, combining the annual Tree Lighting at Orchard Hospital with the Parade of Lights in one night and judging by the record crowds at both events, this will continue for years to come.
The beautiful voice of "Elsa" from Frozen brought smiles to everyone at the tree lighting as she sang Let It Go and the Grinch was a big success as he posed for pictures with the kids.
Once the beautiful tree was lit by children of the Gridley-Biggs Police Department and Butte County Sheriff's Department it was time for the hayride with caroling towards downtown. Many, many thanks to Daryl Dye and the Gridley Electric crew for once again providing the beautiful lights complete with a big star on top.
Our Downtown is beautifully lit up and added so much to the ambiance as people traveled from one vendor to another enjoying hot chocolate, popcorn, fudge and even hot dogs for dinner.
Ryan King and friends played music for the first hour as the vendors got set up and began selling their items followed by the Sutter Buttes Family Orchestra who played up until it was time for the parade to start.
The parade was excellent with participants taking the light requirement seriously and announcers Brian Bassett and Adam Sharrock had a great time as they did what comes naturally to both, talking up the floats, keeping the crowd enthused and entertained.
There were so many people and groups that made this night fantastic, in particular Police Chief Dean Price and Dye who attended every planning meeting along with Sergeant Scott Smallwood who attended meetings and was an immense help that night.
To have the City's police, electric and public works crews so involved is very much appreciated by the Chamber of Commerce.
Gridley Lions Club members are instrumental in the parade running smoothly as they handle the line up each year and this year they even sold barbecued hot dogs.
Parade Marshall Ruthann King was escorted in Rich Jenkin's 1949 Hudson along with her adorable dog Spencer.
It was a big addition to have all the many vendors participate this year. There were beautiful items for sale at each and every booth, helping many with their Christmas gift giving list.
Thanks to Wheeler Ranch and Feed for providing the hayride for carolers and to Kari Wheeler for singing the National Anthem.
And of course the night would not be complete without Santa Claus there to cap off the parade and listen to the children's gift requests at the Museum. Chamber of Commerce Jr. Ambassadors Nicole Wheeler and Phoenix Brynnan rode in the fire truck with Santa along with coloring contest winners Iaiah and Jayla
with the biggest smiles imaginable as they saw the big crowd cheering for them.
Congratulations to the Gridley Area Chamber of Commerce board, for one of the best parades ever and thanks to everyone who participated.