ChristmasFest Lighted Parade in Powell Kicks Off the Christmas Season
Written by Mac Watson on December 4, 2022
Saturday night was chilly in Powell, with temps hovering around 20 degrees as people’s breathe could be seen lingering in front of their faces. But that didn’t cool the spirits of the people who lined up on Bent Street to witness the 2022 ChristmasFest Lighted Parade.
As dusk turned into night, hundreds of people lined up along the cold stretch of Bent Street to watch as 34 entries all processed in the cold air. The lighted parade, starting at 5:30PM, was an assortment of vehicles, trailers, animals, and Christmas-themed blow-ups that were all bedecked by yards and yards of twinkling lights. The 2022 ChristmasFest Lighted Parade entries were all judged by Soroptimist International Clubs from Powell and Cody.
Out of all the entries the top three were:
- Victoria’s School of Dance
- Paulette Bagnell and Family’s Razer Riders
- Flying O Horses and DANO Youth Camp
When asked about how successful the parade was this year, the Powell Economic Partnership‘s Executive Director Rebekah Burns said, “The Powell Lighted Parade is a crowd favorite! This year we had 34 floats enter which was a 21% increase from last year and a 78% increase from 2020. Every year the entries get better with more lights to create a bigger spectacle. The Powell Economic Partnership/ Powell Chamber/Powell Visitor Center hosts this event with the help from the City of Powell Streets Department, Powell PD, Big Horn Radio Network, and of course all the amazing organizations and individuals who enter. We counted 2327 attendees this year. No matter what the temperature people come out in droves to enjoy this holiday event!”