September 29, 2018
HAYC3 believes that art and collaboration help build stronger communities and create a sense of place. Light can symbolize different things to different people, and HAYC3’s fourth-annual whimsical Illuminated Parade, with the addition of “Glow of Gratitude” Lanterns, will show how light brings inclusion and togetherness to a community.
“Our first three lighted parades were very successful and great fun for members of our community,” said Aelish Nealon, HAYC3’s Executive Director, “and that’s why we’re continuing the tradition this year with hopes of having even more glowing creations on floats, trucks, tractors, scooters, wagons, bikes, and more.” Individuals, families, organizations, and businesses – whether riding, walking, or observing– are all invited to participate. This year, HAYC3 will have awards for: Most Creative Vehicle/Float, Most Creative Individual Ride, Most Creative Illuminated Person, and Most Original Overall.
“Light can brighten our lives in other ways, too,” says Nealon. HAYC3 is pleased to be adding “Glow of Gratitude” Lanterns this year, in partnership with the Healers from Here Relay for Life team, in its 18th year of promoting cancer awareness and raising funds for the American Cancer Society. “We wanted a way for the community to express gratitude for the moments and people who enrich their lives, or to remember the spirit of those who are missed, or to give hope and good wishes for those in need,” Nealon adds. “And what better way than to give community members an opportunity to decorate their own lantern, and then join the parade with their glowing “gratitude” creations. Lanterns will be lit with provided battery-operated votive candles. Following the parade, lanterns can be hung in the park where everyone can enjoy the “glow” of the community’s compassion for one another. Paper lanterns are $10 each and can be purchased on Friday, September 28 (6:00-7:00pm) or on Saturday, September 29 (3:00-6:00pm) at HAYC3 Armory. A decorating station with supplies will be available.
The Illuminated Parade takes to the streets at 7:30pm– lineup for participants begins at 7:00pm in Wood Memorial Park– and will proceed down Main Street continuing onto John and Church Streets, before returning to the park for the hanging of the “Glow of Gratitude” lanterns.