Twinkling floats, marching bands with instruments aglow and golden retrievers wearing colorful lights put on a show Saturday night for the Redding Lighted Christmas Parade in downtown Redding.
Sidewalks were jam-packed with spectators for the holiday procession, which is hosted by the Active 20-30 Club of Redding.
One of the most popular floats, judging by the cheers and applause along the route, was the U-Prep volleyball team. The girls rallied to win the first state volleyball title in Shasta County history by defeating Exeter on Nov. 20 at Santiago Canyon College in Orange and claiming the CIF Division IV state championship.
This year's grand marshal was Kimberly Johnson, founder and executive director of the Children’s Legacy Center. The theme was Christmas Through the Decades.
The parade returned to downtown Redding after last year's event was a drive-thru parade with stationary entries lining a route at the Shasta District Fair grounds due to the pandemic.
Here are the 2021 winners, as posted on the club's Facebook page.
Entry of the year: Nash Ranch Pumpkin Train
Best use of theme: Gather Downtown
Most Lighted: Dance Depot
Most Creative: Sound Wave
Best Showmanship: California Highway Patrol
Little Elves Award (best youth): Enterprise High School Band
Active 20-30 award: REU
Best Float: High Times
Best Auto: Cal Fire
Best Novelty: Wolfpack Clubhouse
Best Motorcycle/ATV: Shasta Rock Rollers
Best Equestrian: Prancing through the Decades
Best Band: Sequoia Spartan Marching Band
Best Drum Major: Foothill High School
Best Drill Team/Cheer: Redding Christian Cheer
Best Majorette: Foothill High School
This article originally appeared on Redding Record Searchlight: Sidewalk spectators jam route for Redding Lighted Christmas Parade