SPARKS — Thousands turned out for the city’s tree lighting ceremony in Victorian Square Friday night, which marked the official kickoff of the 2011 Sparks Hometown Christmas celebration, presented by Intuit.
The 58-foot Christmas tree, an annual gift from Sparks’ sister city, Garibaldi, Ore., on Monday morning was hoisted into its customary spot in front of Saint Mary’s Amphitheater at the intersection of Victorian Avenue and 10th Street.
Carolers sang traditional Christmas tunes Friday before thousands of LED lights were turned on to reveal the city’s Christmas tree in all its holiday glory.
The Sparks Hometowne Christmas celebration continues today with the 25th anniversary parade beginning at 1 p.m. The parade, which includes floats, marching bands and youth groups, will travel along the westbound lane of Victorian Avenue, starting at Pyramid Way and concluding at 14th Street.
Santa also will be on hand to greet and visit with children in the Glendale Schoolhouse from noon to 1 p.m. and following the parade at 3 p.m.
Sparks Mayor Geno Martini is the Grand Marshal of the parade.