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Christmas stockings were hung with care on the R.P. Broadcasting float, the Media Challenge winner, in the annual First City of Lights Holiday Parade Friday evening. Pioneer Photo/Laurie Swenson

First City of Lights: Parade opens holiday season


Muffled and mitted, cuddled and huddled happy revelers lined Beltrami Avenue Friday night to celebrate the First City of Lights.

The parade at 6 p.m., followed by the lighting of the Lake Bemidji waterfront, has been a Bemidji tradition for 15 years.

Even single-digit temperatures (9 degrees at 6 p.m.) and a stiff, 10 mph west wind didn't deter the gathering, although there was some discussion about which side of Beltrami Avenue was colder.

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