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The Holiday Lights Parade features colorfully lit floats, like this one last year. File photo (click for larger version)
November 30, 2011 - The annual Clarkston Holiday Lights Parade hosted by Clarkston High School's robotic team, Team RUSH comes to town Dec. 10.

"Right now we're working on our float that we'll have at the parade," said Team RUSH member Nicholas Lee. "Mr. and Mrs. Clause will be on our float this year."

Team member Eric Schultz said they always try to "make each parade unique."

"Last year we tried to have each float create a moving part, there was a Boy Scout troop that had a rocket ship to fly around the moon," he said.

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"We entered them into a competition to see who would win the most creative float."

This year's theme is "Neon Lights Moving the Holiday Lights."

Following the parade there will be "Holiday Lights Night" in Depot Park where there will be a tree lighting ceremony, hot coca, holiday treats, and a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. The parade will start at 6 p.m.

For more information or to sign up visit www.teamrush27.net

Team RUSH member Troy Hughes said this year they wanted people involved in the parade rather than just sponsoring awards.

"We really just want to break even this year, so we don't have to pay into the parade and allow it to be an event for the community, where people can just come and enjoy the parade," Hughes said. "We're really excited about it."

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Also the Clarkston Retailer's Group has a full day planned as well. From 12-5 p.m. the second annual Art Walk will be in the Washington Mills Mall.

President of Clarkston Retailer's Group Peg Roth said the OATS program will also be going on in the Clarkston News Parking lot

"Dec. 10 is going to be a busy day community wide with things going on from morning until the end of the evening after the holiday parade," Roth said. "Good things for the businesses, good things for the people of the city and hopefully people will turn out and enjoy what's being put on."

Call Peg Roth 248-462-3008.

Trevor graduated with degrees in English and communications from Rochester College. He wrote for his college and LA View newspapers before joining The Clarkston News in May 2007.
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