Christmas cheer arrives at River of Lights parade
December 15, 2017
Gila River Indian News
Santa Claus did not disappoint, as the holiday season was ushered in with the annual River of Lights held on Dec. 1. This year’s theme, “Christmas in the Desert” was a festive evening filled with floats twinkling in the glow of Christmas lights and carols.
Afterwards, a Huhugam Heritage Center sponsored First Friday event took place at the Ira H. Hayes/Matthew B. Juan park in Sacaton.
There, an artisans market filled to the brim with those looking to check off that special someone on their Christmas shopping list, as well as musical entertainment for those looking to dance the night away.
This year, five parade floats were awarded in each of the categories: Governor’s Award: Gila River Gaming Enterprise, Community Managers: Gila River Fire Department, Director’s Award: Sacaton Elementary Transportation Department, Kids Choice Award: District 3 Elders, and Judges Award: Shipping & Receiving/Property & Supply.