Mesquite Police Department trailer filled with food donated from individuals and businesses. They will receive an award for “Most Food Donated” at the next City Council Meeting on January 9, 2017. Photo by Samuel Snow

“I love a parade, the tramping of feet, I love every beat I hear of a drum…”

If you love a parade like I do, you’ll love what’s coming; not one but two annual parades in the same week!

Mesquite’s Fifth Annual Parade of Lights is coming Dec. 5.

Hopefully the chilly weather won’t deter Mesquite residents; it’s forecasted to be a chilly night but it’s all for a great cause.

This annual fundraising effort is for both the Salvation Army and the Virgin Valley Food Bank. Entrants into the parade collect a large amount of non-perishable food items to donate as their entrance fee.

On the night of the parade Boy Scouts will be pushing shopping carts along the street so spectators who enjoy the parade can also donate if they choose.

Bringing up the rear of the Mesquite Parade of Lights are the two Jolly folks everyone wants to see. Santa and Ms. Clause are escorted each year by the Mesquite Fire Department and accompanied by Mesquite Mayor Al Litman.

Of course, there’s always a competition for who collects the most food. The Mesquite Police Department and Mesquite Fire and Rescue love to participate in this annual activity and have taken the trophy for collecting the most food for the event. They’ve set up collection boxes at the Recreation Center, Fire Station #3, the Police Department, City hall and other places; it’s going to be a fierce competition this year, don’t miss it.

This year’s theme is “Parade of Music”, in addition to the food competition there will also be awards for ‘Best Depiction of Theme’, ‘Best Lights’, ‘Most participants’ and ‘Mayor’s Choice.’ There will be a ‘People’s Choice’ award, voting is via their Facebook page only at: http://www.facebook.com/mesquiteparadeoflights. For more information, contact the Clerk’s office at 702-346-5295 or email sfrehner@mesquitenv.gov.

You’ll have a day in between to warm your bones before you attend Beaver Dam’s Annual Christmas Parade and Craft Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. (Arizona Time)

This year’s craft bazaar will be held directly across the street from the Beaver Dam Fire Station, not at the elementary school as usual. The bazaar will be outdoors at the property/home of Dori and Murray Rothenberger; there are indoor bathroom facilities available.

Along with the parade and bazaar there will be a gingerbread house and wreath contest held at the Fire Station.

For more information on the Beaver Dam Parade you can contact Dori about the Parade at 928-347-5387, Peggy about the wreath and gingerbread contest at 562-305-9975 or Kathy about being a vendor at 801-719-7549.