Both sides of Laurier Street were lined with onlookers as the Christmas Parade of Lights shimmered past early Saturday evening. More than 30 floats, decorated for Christmas and festooned with lights, turned onto Laurier from Heritage Drive and proceeded down the length of the city. There were horses and firetrucks and antique tractors all aglow, and right near the end even the Grinch showed to try and upstage Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The Clarence-Rockland Girl’s Hockey Association and the Clarence-Rockland Public Library were right near the front, followed closely by a mannequin on a glowing ladder for Nérée Lavictoire Roofing. The Rockland Academy of Martial Arts had a large trailer of students and teachers, and the year-old Brauwerk Hoffman Brewery had some people rolling past with flags decorating their vehicle. Remix Dance had a trailer of hay bales, and Remax collaborated with Simon Construction and Landscaping to put together a shining house scene, complete with snowman out front.
Though the night was cold, onlookers were warmed by the display. The parade lasted 30 minutes, after which the crowd quickly dispersed.