The fourth annual Grand Island Light Up the Boulevard Electric Light Parade and Festivities, a joint venture between the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Grand Island, especially the Recreation Department, will take place Saturday, Nov. 21.
Festivities start at 2 p.m. with Santa's first visits of the season, vendors, food trucks, games, music and crafts. Grand Island Boulevard will be closed at 4:30 p.m. in anticipation of the Rudolf Run, which starts promptly at 5 p.m., followed by the Electric Light Parade and tree-lighting in the Town Commons. Festivities will continue until 8 p.m., and Santa will return to visit with the children.
Light Up the Boulevard kicks off the traditional holiday shopping season with local businesses competing for bragging rights for most decorated establishment.
New this year, residents can also earn the bragging rights in the Residential Light Contest in addition to the Business Light Contest.
Judging will take place on Dec. 11 and 12.
Leading the way in sponsorships are: LDC Construction Co., Dana's Styling Pets, Financial Trust Federal Credit Union, Island Ship Center, Mr. Best Wrench, Republic Services, and Reality USA. The Chamber of Commerce still has room for more sponsors. For more details, call the chamber office at 716-773-3651, or visit online at www.gichamber.org.