The parade delighted tens of thousands of viewers who lined Grand River Avenue. Favorite viewing positions along the parade route, which stretches from Byron Road on the west to Elm Street on the east, were staked out beginning as early as Thanksgiving evening. All day Friday, more and more chairs popped up along the route, like plastic and canvas mushrooms.
The parade didn’t disappoint. While this reporter can’t be relied on to give an accurate count of the number of lights in the parade — heck, she can’t even be counted on to get decent parade photos, even of her son, who was playing the sleighbells with the Highlander Way Middle School Marching Band — she would guess that there were somewhere in the neighborhood of a gazillion lights shining in downtown Howell Friday night. It was quite a sight.
The one thing this reporter knows for sure is that everyone had a great time.