In spite of Covid’s continued bedevilments, Corrales Mainstreet is planning to host the 2021 Starlight Parade this December 4. Sandy Rasmussen, spokesperson for Corrales Mainstreet, says that the plans have to be very fluid right now because of the pandemic. Even so, the organization is determined to host some sort of celebration. Ideally, that celebration would look as much like the Starlight parade of carefree bygone days as possible. Rasmussen says the plans right now include a tree-lighting ceremony, a visit from St. Nick, and “the usual goodies for all!”
Covid accommodations will include masks for anyone congregating in groups, even when outside. “Maybe we can even have a People’s Choice award for best holiday mask!” Rasmussen speculates. “We know people do not like wearing those masks outside, but this is just a way of us continuing to have community activities and hopefully stay safer.”
The parade route is set to begin at Wagner Farm Store and continue south to the Corrales Growers’ Market parking lot.
Vehicle line up will begin at Wagner’s at 4:30 pm, with Corrales Rd closure starting at 5:15. The parade itself will begin at 5:30.
All side roads between Tenorio Rd and Coronado Rd will also be blocked, so villagers are warned to plan ahead.
Any vehicle is welcome to participate in the parade, however no foot traffic or equestrian entrants are allowed. “It is dark and very hard for the float drivers to see those folks,” Rasmussen warns.
Villagers and visitors are invited to check the MainStreet website, http://www.visitcorrales.com, regularly for updates about the event.