Chelsea Celebrates Its Annual Holiday Light Parade

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By Lynne Beauchamp,

Mother Nature cooperated well for this year’s Chelsea Annual Light Parade with temperatures above average and no wind or precipitation to “dampen” the mood.

The parade took place December 3 during the Hometown Holiday weekend and brought many from around the area to downtown Chelsea to watch the spectacular display of holiday lights parading through.

Janette Kroth of Dexter came to the parade after visiting her family in Chelsea. “The weather is beautiful,” said Kroth as she recalled past years of inclement weather during the parade.

While some came to watch the parade, others were on duty in charge of traffic control and security to make sure fun was had by all.

Chelsea Police Officer John Dettling was one of those on duty. Dettling said it takes a lot of planning and a lot of security to put on an event of this sort. “You will enjoy this [parade],” said Dettling. He added the Annual Light Parade has always included a lot of lights and floats. Just as Dettling was describing past years of the parade, he was quickly back to his duties as a police officer for a traffic control issue.

The parade included many businesses, organizations, school participants, families, carolers and others to appease the crowd. Many of those attending the parade responded with a “Merry Christmas” or joined in on the caroling.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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