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An event with glowing reviews: Perham’s Parade of Lights

Perham’s Holiday Parade of Lights is a favorite annual event for many locals and visitors. This year’s parade will feature more than 20 floats. FOCUS file photo

Get the holiday season off to a bright start with Perham’s 13th Annual Parade of Lights.

As in past years, the parade promises to feature a long line of floats, decorated and lighted for the holidays. As of press time on Monday, 23 floats were signed up and ready to go, with more possibly coming in throughout the week.

Tyler Krumwiede, one of the parade’s main organizers, described the event as a smaller version of Minneapolis’ Holidazzle parade.

“The weather’s supposed to be in the 20s, so it’ll be a nice night,” said Krumwiede. “So come out, relax, shop and have fun.”

Lights from the floats will illuminate downtown Perham, with all other city lights turned off during the event. More than 2,000 people are expected to line the streets to watch.

As is tradition, the parade will take place the day after Thanksgiving. On Friday, Nov. 29, beginning at 5:30 p.m., floats will travel from St. Paul’s Church in southwest Perham, through downtown along Main Street.

A tree lighting ceremony will precede the parade, starting at about 5 p.m. at NP Park (by the post office).

Float entries come from businesses, schools, community groups and churches from Perham and the surrounding area.

Perham Lions will be selling concessions before and during the parade.

After the parade, free chili will be served at SteVelly’s as float winners are announced, starting at 7:30 p.m. The top three floats will win cash prizes.

For more information, visit and follow the parade links.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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