Parade of Lights is Friday in downtown Helena


Helena will kick off the Christmas season with the annual Parade of Lights and lighting of the Fire Tower Friday evening.

Presented by Downtown Helena Inc., the parade featuring Santa Claus will start at 6 p.m. and travel down Last Chance Gulch to Pioneer Park. The lighting of the Fire Tower is scheduled for 7 p.m.

This year’s parade theme is “Oro y Plata,” which is Spanish for “Gold and Silver.” It was Montana’s territorial motto and remains the state motto today. Participants are encouraged to approach the theme broadly and creatively, according to Downtown Helena.

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Helena’s Parade of Lights through the years Santa Claus waves to parade watchers

A man dressed as Santa Claus waves to parade watchers during the Parade of Lights along the Walking Mall in 2016. This year’s float theme was gulch history.

Thom Bridge, Independent Record Helenans line the Walking Mall in 2015

Helenans lined the Walking Mall all

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