Oh, what a night! Fantasy of Lights enjoys great weather, huge crowds

Photo courtesy of Mary Heikkinen
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I can’t remember a better night for the annual Fantasy of Lights Parade in downtown Howell — ever. If there has been better weather for this beautiful parade, please let me know.

The funny thing is, this is the first year in the last seven that my kid didn’t have to bundle up and shiver through the event as he marched with the Howell High School/Highlander Way Middle School marching bands.

The perfect weather brought huge crowds to downtown Howell. Just before the parade stepped off, the D-19/Michigan Avenue exit was backed up onto I-96; cars crawled through downtown Howell, looking for parking spots; and lucky folks who had claimed their spots early in the day — or those fortunate folks who got to watch the parade from any of the downtown apartments above businesses — got the very best view.

As it is every year, awards were given out in a variety of categories.

Award winners for 2017 included:

Grand Marshal Award — Livingston Educational Service Agency

Cobb-Hall Insurance Major Sponsor Award — City of Howell Department of Public Works

Mayor’s Award — ITC

Best Decorated Vehicle — Hartland Fire Department

Best Use of Lights Award — Bordines

Children’s Delight Award — Pardiac Towing

Best Use of Music — Parker Middle School

First-timer’s Award — Lake Chemung

Most Unique Award — The Harmony Collective

Parade Committee Award — Citizens Insurance

Spirit of Christmas Award — RE/MAX Platinum

Best Animal Entry — Greenwood Farms Clydesdales presented by Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Razzle Dazzle Award — Howell Eagles 3607 Eagle Riders

“Thanks to all who were part of the parade,” said Fantasy of Lights Director Michelle Tokan. “All of the floats, marching bands and units were spectacular, and helped brighten the city up for the holiday season. The 34th annual Fantasy of Lights certainly illustrated the theme ‘All is Bright.'”

The Fantasy of Lights holiday event is hosted by the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Major sponsor is Cobb-Hall Insurance. Supporting sponsors are LOC Federal Credit Union, DTE Energy Foundation and Citizens Insurance.

For more information, contact the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce at (517) 546-3920 or visit howell.org.

About Maria Stuart 75 Articles

Journalist Maria Stuart lives in Howell. She worked at The Livingston County Press/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus as reporter, editor and managing editor from 1990-2009. She is often spotted holding court at Uptown Coffeehouse.

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