Electric Light Parade Reaches Its 20-Year Milestone In 2016

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Photo shows Christine "Teenie" Bustos, Secretary of the Downtown Action Team Espanola, informing Mayor Alice Lucero and the City Council of the plans for the 20th Annual Espanola Electric Light Parade. Mayor Lucero asked Bustos how she was going to "top last year's parade." Bustos said that they will top it! Photo by ROBERT NARANJO/valleydailypost.com

Espanola’s Electric Light Parade: The Best In New Mexico

By ROBERT NARANJO

Christine “Teenie” Bustos stood before the Mayor and City Council at its regularly scheduled meeting on September 13, to request approval for “Agenda Item  K, Items Proposed For Council Consideration/Discussion (Action Items), 6. Approval of the Co-Sponsorship of the 20th Annual Electric Light Parade on the Plaza de Espanola.” Bustos was representing the Downtown Action Team Espanola (D.A.T.E.). Bustos is the secretary of the group and spoke on behalf of the organization as the president and vice president were unable to attend.

Bustos reminisced when the Electric Light Parade began with 12 floats with a once-around the Plaza de Espanola. “I’d thought we’d never get here,” she told the City Council. Last year, the Parade brought “twenty-thousand people” to the city making a definite impact monetarily to the city, she recollected. And, she added that “it’s the top electric light parade in New Mexico.” Bustos showed a few minutes of a professionally produced 12 minute video of the 2015 Espanola Electric Light Parade as part of her presentation. Everyone in the City Council chambers was momentarily captivated by scenes from the best electric light parade in the state.

Bustos requested that the Mayor and Council and KDCE listeners keep Saturday, December 10 open, as that is the date selected using the formula of the second Saturday in December, she said, adding that “it’s nice to have the biggest and best” electric light parade in the state.

The theme for Espanola’s 20th Annual Electric Light Parade is “20 Years of Christmas Magic.” New this year is a “Night Before Parade ‘Taste of the Enchanted Valley.'”  “Taste…” is being brought back after a brief hiatus as an added event and for some fundraising. There will be a “Christmas Tree Auction” at the Night Before Parade event she reported.

Also, Bustos said that a “20th Annual Commemorative Poster” and a “Mainstreet Calendar” are being planned for this year’s parade, as well as a “Commemorative T-Shirt” featuring a silhouette of the Espanola Transit Mix ladder truck with Rudolph and his reindeer seemingly flying through the air. The Transit Mix float is one of the more popular floats in the parade.

Bustos thanked the Mayor and City Council for all their support through the years, adding that she “was looking forward to a long rest,” after this year’s Parade, “maybe I’ll retire,” she advised. Mayor Alice Lucero thanked Bustos for all her hard work and told her, “You’re too young to retire!” Councilor Peggy Sue Martinez and her colleagues on the Council also thanked Bustos and unanimously passed the City co-sponsorship.

Bustos, Eric Quintana and the other members of D.A.T.E. will continue to make Espanola shine and sparkle with the top electric light parade in the state. Guaranteed.

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