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11/29/2012 2:20:00 PM
Here comes the Christmas Parade
Cottonwood city staff prepare for the light show.
Cottonwood city staff prepare for the light show.
Cottonwood Christmas Parade Lineup
# Organization:

1 Banner Carriers - Girl Scout Troop 977

2 American Legion Patriots Color Guard Post #29 - Glendale

3 American Legion Women's Color Guard Post #29 - Glendale

4 Grand Marshall's

5 Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce

6 Mayor - Cottonwood

7 Cottonwood City Council

8 Mayor - Sedona

9 Mayor - Clarkdale

10 Mayor - Jerome

11 Yavapai-Apache Nation Royalty

12 Cottonwood Police Department

13 The Glass Company

14 Rainbow Acres

15 Unisource Energy Services

16 USDA Forest Service

17 Mingus Mt. Shrine Club

18 Cottonwood Dance & Fitness

19 Wells Fargo Bank

20 Moyers Heating & Cooling

21 Clemenceau Heritage Museum

22 Al Slusser

23 Verde Valley Fire Foundation

24 Mingus on the Hill Reunion Committee

25 Verde Valley Vettes

26 Arizona Smile Designers

27 Verde Valley Roaming Veterinary Services

28 Camp Verde Cavalry - Color Guard

29 Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival

30 Yavapai Big Brothers/Big Sisters

31 Sedona Car Club

32 Verde Valley Ballet

33 Oak Creek School PTO

34 Red Rock Posse

35 Solar Works LLC

36 Gingerbread House

37 Cottonwood Elementary Jammin' Jumpers

38 Clarkdale Historical Society & Museum

39 Santa

40 Cottonwood Smiles - Dr. Jana Long

41 Verde Valley Cyclist Coalition

42 Verde Valley Toys for Tots

43 Cottonwood Middle School

44 Cottonwood Middle School Student Council

45 Verde Valley Christian School

46 Scott Carlson (Yard Dawg)

47 Verde Valley Soccer Club

48 Boys & Girls Club of Northern Arizona

49 Northern Arizona Youth Football - Cottonwood Colts

50 Golden Cobra Center of Fitness

51 Adopt for Life Center for Animals

52 Girl Scouts

53 American Heritage Academy

54 St. Joseph's Organized Youth

55 Verde Valley Montessori

56 Biodiesel U.S. Inc.

57 Cottonwood Children's Dentistry

58 Mingus FFA

59 Acme Pizzeria

60 Arizona Fly wheelers

61 Bill Williams Mountain Men

62 Bethany Baptist Church

63 Verde Valley Ambulance

64 Marauder Pride Marching Band

65 Larry Green Chevrolet/Hyundai of Cottonwood

66 Rio Verde Roverettes

67 Yavapai College & Casa

68 Cub Scouts of the Verde Valley

69 Tazco Towing

70 Arizona Precision Motorcycle Drill Team

71 Century 21 Sexton Realty

72 Taylor Waste, Inc.

73 Mountain View Preparatory

74 Verde Valley Sanctuary

75 Cottonwood Oak Creek School Transportation

76 Verde Valley Moose Lodge

77 MUHS - Spiritline

78 Kare Bear Day Care

79 Future Hope Equestrian, LLC

80 Cottonwood Elementary School Leadership Club

81 Cottonwood Public Library Teen Advisory Board

82 CK's Need a Lift Taxi & Livery

83 Mingus Union High School Football- Marauders

84 Angles Care Home Health

85 Tender Hearts Transportation Services


COTTONWOOD-The plans for the 58 annual Cottonwood Christmas parade are complete. The line begins forming Saturday morning at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds parking lot. Everyone has been planning the big show for months hoping to win one of the $100 prizes for the "Best of..." in six categories, and the weather is expected to be delightful. With 11th-hour entries, organizer Colleen Gilboy and the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce expect the number in the festive march to inch toward 100, when the bell rings. This year Santa will be in the middle of the pack, not at the end as before. Everybody must be in line by 10:30 a.m. Skies will be partly cloudy with just a 5-7 mile per hour breeze. Temperatures will be in the 50s when the parade begins, reaching into the 60s by noon. Pack the family and get a place. It will be quite a show.



Don't forget the tree lighting and bigger light show

COTTONWOOD-City of Cottonwood staffers put the finishing touches on the Holiday Light Show equipment, which is being expanded this year on many of the city buildings in Old Town. This event begins on Saturday, Dec. 1st at 6:00 p.m., in conjunction with the City of Cottonwood annual Tree Lighting ceremony.

Last year was the first year the City used an animated display in the Old Town to replace a live Christmas tree, destroyed in a car crash, with an electronic version. This year, the lights have been expanded from the Civic Center to include City Hall, the Clerk's office and Council Chambers. The animation will be also be accompanied by music. The dream is to see the lights extended further down Main Street.

The City was honored to have this project created by Yavapai Broadcasting's Grant Haffley and Dave Kessel, instrumental in the huge task of building the light show panels and putting together the entire light show and music.

Taylor Waste

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Article comment by: Just PIGS

What PIGS people are! At the conclusion of the Christmas Parade a group of young ladys with children just up and left without picking up all the trash they left at the corner near Main and Gila St. I said something about it to one of them but they acted like they didn't understand English. They knew what I was saying but they didn't want to hear it or just didn't care, a little bit of both I'm guessing. Is it that hard to clean up after ones self? I think not, but pigs are pigs I guess. I can just imigane what there living quarters are like?

Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Article comment by: A somewhat more constructive...

...would be: Given the enormous detours involved in things like Old Town wine hooplas and the Christmas Parade, you'd think you'd be able to find, SOMEWHERE in this news story, the tiny detail of WHEN this morning they'd be shutting down Main St. for the parade...

No small thing, for this info to be missing. Small town journalism I guess.


Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Article comment by: Jan Haskell

What happened to the basic elements of reporting? I would like to attend the parade for the first time, having family in town this year. But can find no mention of the parade route. The "where" statement. Where does it begin and end?

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Article comment by: Santa In the MIDDLE?

Whose brain storm to basically end the parade at entrant 39? Santa ALWAYS ends a parade or STARTS a parade, we don't shove him in the middle!. Sheesh.
I hope folks with young children stick around to see the rest of the parade after the highlight has passed by.


Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Article comment by: James Lozano

I would like to thank Tazco Towing for donating there trucks to be used for the parade to help keep the spirit alive.



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