Las Cruces Electric Light Parade kicks off city’s Fourth of July celebration

LAS CRUCES – The community came together the evening before the Fourth of July for the city’s annual Electric Light Parade.

Held every year after sunset on July 3, this year’s parade, organized by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, did not disappoint.

More than 40 parade entries started at Apodaca Park, traveled south on Solano Drive, east on Hadley Avenue and ending at Maag Softball Complex, with residents lining the sidewalks cheering for their favorite floats.

Parade Grand Marshal Daniel Munoz was on the first float for this year’s parade, which was themed Patriotic Spirit and American Dreams.

“It’s really about patriotism and bringing the community together,” Crystal Copper, recreation supervisor of Parks and Recreation, said.

Copper said more than a thousand people were either participants on floats or involved in organizing the parade.

Three judges, near the Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, watched floats pass by, assigning scores on such criteria as originality, theme, and overall awesomeness, Copper said.

First-, second- and third-place winners in the commercial and non-commercial categories, as well as an overall grand prize, would be announced before the city’s fourth of July concert and Fireworks show on July 4.

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Hernandez Plumbing Heating and Cooling has participated in the Electric Light Parade for nine years and have won the commercial category eight of those years, including last year’s contest.

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