The annual Twinkle Mild Parade is a festive method to begin the vacations, ”Albuquerque Journal

A float travels down Central Avenue during an earlier Twinkle Light Parade. (Journal file)

The lights will twinkle again in Nob Hill.

The annual Twinkle Light Parade takes place on Saturday, December 7th, for the second time in conjunction with Nob Hill Shop & Stroll.

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According to Bree Ortiz, event and operations manager for the city of Albuquerque, 100 cars, custom cars, bands, crabs and much more will shine in the twinkling lights.

She says the Twinkle Light Parade was started 25 years ago by the Joiner family in Rio Rancho with 17 floats and a few thousand spectators.

“After the city of Rio Rancho asked the carpenters to pay for public security, etc. for the event themselves because they didn’t have the funds for special events, they decided to withdraw the parade,” she says. “The Albuquerque City Administration approached them to postpone the parade. The parade has remained an Albuquerque city event. “

According to Ortiz, the parade has been held in downtown Albuquerque since 2003 and had an average of 20,000 spectators.

“Last year the parade was moved to Nob Hill and merged with Nob Hill Holiday Shop & Stroll,” she says. “More than 40,000 people attended, and Nob Hill companies reported a record-breaking day of sales. … We expect a similar amount as last year. “

According to Ortiz, the center between San Mateo and Girard will be closed from 12 noon to 10 p.m. to begin activities.

According to a statement from the city, “Santa Claus will be available for photos all day, except of course when he has to be part of the parade.”

According to Ortiz, the city added a free park and ride (see box) to help with the congestion on Nob Hill.

There will also be three sets of stands to aid in viewing the parade, and the number of participants has been limited in order to shorten the parade viewing length.

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