coast is home
to several lighted parades geared toward big rigs.
Bedazzled onlookers will gather at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, in the
to watch a convoy of elaborately lit trucks.
“It’s been going on for more than 20 years and it started out with the
truckers as a convoy,” radio announcer and parade coordinator Rod Allen told Land Line. “After it got bigger and
bigger, we had to make it a parade.”
Allen expects about 70 entries this year. Although,
some years, the trucks totaled more than 100.
“They’re huge and they’re all lit up. It’s just a really great
Christmas show,” Allen said.
A modest $25 entry fee for trucks goes towards a
area charity. This year the Trucker’s
Christmas Parade will benefit the
The parade usually generates close to $3,000 including corporate sponsorship.
There are also prizes. The
parade awards $800 for first place and has prizes for the top-five trucks.
People wishing to enter or donate to the Trucker’s Christmas Parade can
contact Allen at KEKA-FM radio, which is the chief sponsor, at (707) 442-5744.
A precursor to the
a smaller parade of 10-15 lighted entries in
This parade typically happens the evening before
and kicks off this year at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, in Fortuna’s
“We’ve had folks come from as far away as
Cliff Chapman, executive director of the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce said.
“It’s pretty informal and there’s no entry fee.”
and Red Bluff also
have lighted parades on the
city, does a similar lighted parade with only tractors.
– By David Tanner, staff writer