Pandemonium Steel Drum Band

Pandemonium Steel Drum Band

Prescott is acknowledged as Arizona’s Christmas City and takes its title seriously.  This past Saturday the 28th annual Christmas Parade started at 1 p.m. and lasted until a little after 3:30 p.m.  The weather was fine and we enjoyed the parade from the corner of Cortez and Goodwin.  “The Bells of Christmas” theme was embodied in 111 entries representing automobile clubs, bands (including  Catalina Foothills from Tucson), owners of various breeds of dogs (especially enjoyed the Scotties with their festive outfits), local businesses (Fry’s grocery had an impressive prize winning float), churches, area clubs and organizations, and representatives of branches of the military (the Coast Guard, however, seems out of place in this part of the world).  Women in Victorian dresses and men in Western garb bring visions of the area’s history to life.  The Pandemonium Steel Drum Band received the Grand Award.

In an effort to avoid the traffic we headed to the Prescott Resort and Conference Center whose lobby displays a Gingerbread Village with more than 100 whimsical structures.  There is an amazing amount of creativity poured into these miniature works of edible art.  Donations support the Yavapai Big Brother/Big Sister program.  A model train weaves its way through the main exhibit and additional model trains can be seen in an adjacent room.

Christmas lighting at the Yavapai County Courthouse

Christmas Lighting

A very large crowd gathered later in the day around the Yavapai County Courthouse for the 56th annual Courthouse Plaza lighting.  From the Courthouse steps the Prescott High School Show Choir entertained the growing throngs prior to the main event.  Shortly before 6 p.m. they were replaced with children of all ages who formed a choir for this special event.  Ken Bennett, Secretary of State, read a rendition of the first Christmas interspersed with appropriate Christmas carols.  At 6:15 p.m. the lights came on to illuminate the grounds.  A visit on a less crowded night may be necessary to appreciate the decorative lighting. Prescott is now ready to celebrate another Christmas.