A new tradition will be taking place in Osakis this year – the Holiday Light Parade.

The first-ever parade, presented by the Osakis Chamber of Commerce, will take place Friday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m.

Cory Abers, president of the Osakis Area Chamber of Commerce, said the board came up with the idea for the parade because they wanted some sort of event that would meet guidelines for the pandemic, but at the time be an event for people to still enjoy the holidays.

“This is our way of doing that,” he said, noting that the chamber is hoping to make the Holiday Light Parade an annual tradition. “We just really want people to come out, enjoy the holidays and show their support for local businesses.”

Those interested in being in the parade are encouraged to light up their cars, golf carts, tractors, lawn mowers or anything else they can think of and join in the fun. Everyone is welcome to enter and there is not an entry fee.

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As of Tuesday, Abers said there were about a dozen entrees so far, but he is hopeful there will be more.

To register, send an email to the Chamber at chamberosakis@gmail.com. Entrants should be registered by Tuesday, Dec. 1, although Abers said he would take registrations up until the day of the event.

There is no specific theme for the parade other than holiday, winter, Christmas. And those who enter are encouraged to use lots of lights as the lights on the “floats” will be the only lights attendees will see. People are encouraged to “over light” by using spot lights and /or other holiday lights and decorations. Holiday music is also encouraged.

There will prizes given for first and second place with “floats” being judged on lights, holiday spirit and creativity.

At this time, under COVID-19 guidelines, the throwing of candy is highly discouraged.

(Map courtesy of Osakis Chamber of Commerce)
(Map courtesy of Osakis Chamber of Commerce)