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Coeur d'Alene's downtown lighting parade

| November 27, 2023 11:00 AM

COEUR d’ALENE — Under picturesque, moonlit, starry skies, thousands of kids and adults packed Sherman Avenue and were treated to a smile-filled, joyous downtown parade on Friday with the theme, “A Coeur d’Alene Holiday Vacation.”

Veterans led things off, followed by elves, snowmen, a pair of sasquatch, dancing potatoes, the Lake City High School marching band, Christmas canines, several Grinch, lighted rigs and finally, Santa Claus.

Everyone was delighted as cheers, applause and shouts of Merry Christmas filled the air on this chilly, 30-degree night.

The annual lighting ceremony was followed by a fireworks show over Lake Coeur d’Alene courtesy of the Hagadone family.

Here are some images of the magical evening.

    Doug Giovanelli and Chelsea Holmes spread Christmas cheer in downtown parade on Friday.
    Tina Batha, left, Shannon Coder, and Floyd Duggar ride in the Toys for Tots vehicle in the Lighting Ceremony Parade on Friday in Coeur d'Alene.
    Whitney Jones holds son Wesley during the parade on Friday.
    Kevin Sahm wears a Santa cap as he waits for the fireworks at The Coeur d'Alene Resort on Friday.
    A crowd watches the downtown parade on Friday.
    The Lake City High School marching band performs in Friday's parade.
    Santa waves to the crowd on Friday.

    Dancing potatoes delight the crowd on Friday.
    Chase Goeltzenleuchter dressed as cousin Eddie from "Christmas Vacation" waves to the crowd during Friday's parade.
    Chase Goeltzenleuchter dressed as cousin Eddie from "Christmas Vacation" waves to the crowd during Friday's parade.
    Kids with Classical Christian Academy ride through the parade.
    Presley Parisot rides in the Companions Animal Center parade entry with Shirley a six-year-old Shepherd/Husky mix available for adoption.
    The Grinch creeps along the parade route as the crowd makes way.
    A pair sasquatches have fun in the parade.
    An equestrian-powered wagon with Prairie Potable Water Services makes a turn in the parade.
    Carol Cook and Maggie join the Coeur d'Alene Dog Fanciers in the parade.
    The crowd looks on as the parade passes by.
    Jenna Koppa with Idaho Central Central Union, parade sponsor, was joined by her family as they walked in the parade, giving out grins and treats.
The North Idaho Sparklers perform on Friday.
    Fireworks courtesy of the Hagadone family explode over Lake Coeur d'Alene following the parade.

    Veterans and family ride through the parade.
    People watch the fireworks light up the sky.

    The Grinch rides with the St. Vincent de Paul of North Idaho entry.

    Two boys get a sled ride in the parade.