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More than 40 floats in parade

Charlie Kourajian

Holiday lights will shine down First Avenue Friday for the 10th annual Holiday Dazzle Parade in Jamestown.

The parade will feature more than 40 floats from local businesses and organizations, said Charlie Kourajian, one of the parade organizers.

“We’ve got some really interesting floats this year,” he said.

Kourajian wouldn’t give away exactly what will be on any of the floats, but he said there would be a lot of lights and some of the floats will have music.

The parade, which is sponsored by the Main Street Downtown Association, begins at 7 p.m., starting north on Second Avenue Southeast to Eighth Street, and then down First Avenue, proceeding north to Third Street North.

The floats can also be viewed before the parade at 5:30 p.m. in McElroy Park.

There will be three sets of bleachers for spectators along the parade route, near announcers who will describe each float, Kourajian said.

The announcers will be on First Avenue — one near the Verizon store, one near U.S. Bank and one near Hugo’s Family Marketplace, he said.

Along with showing off holiday lights, each float will be competing with the others in four categories: most original theme, most outstanding amateur built, most outstanding civic or nonprofit and best dazzle.

The winning business or organization in each category receives a $100 prize, and the best dazzle winner receives a traveling trophy, Kourajian said.

With more than 40 floats this year, “the competition should be kind of key,” he said.

As is tradition, the last float in the parade will feature Santa Claus, Kourajian said.

After the parade, there will be a party open to the public at Shady’s Dining Room in the Gladstone Inn & Suites, featuring music by the Jamestown Choralaires.

Hot chocolate, cider and cookies will be served, free of charge.

The parade is part of a holiday weekend in Jamestown, with the lighting of the Christmas tree outside the Jamestown Civic Center at 5:15 p.m. today, Kourajian said.

There will also be refreshments and music at the tree lighting. Tom Geffre, chaplain at Ave Maria Village, and Mayor Katie Andersen will both speak before the tree is lit, Kourajian said.

A special musical guest will also perform the national anthem, he said.

“It’s going to be kind of fun,” he said.

Sun reporter Charly Haley can be reached at 701-952-8455 or by email at

Charly Haley
Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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