Latest News – December 7

Cold & Fierce Competition Expected at Parade of Lights

Tonight’s Annual Parade of Lights is shaping up to be a cold showdown on historic Harrison Avenue! With nearly 20 confirmed parade entrants, this annual Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce event has grown into a friendly holiday “one-ups-manship,” with local residents winning all the way around.

But with forecasters predicting tonightime temperatures hovering around zero, the true test will be who shows up with enough mettle to last through a Leadville Parade line-up in frigid temperatures! Remember Santa’s watching! And so will hundreds of local kids, so let’s see what you got!

The coveted Santa Traveling Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Annual Parade of Lights!

The coveted Santa Traveling Trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in the Parade of Lights!

The smack talk has already begun as local individuals, businesses and organizations check their bulbs and batteries to prove who will make downtown Leadville sparkle a little brighter TONIGHT at 5:30 p.m. and win the coveted “Santa Traveling Trophy.”

This should be a good show, bundle up the kids and get a good spot on the avenue. More spectators = more body heat!Obit_Spacer_Thin

Guadalupe Dancers Defend Parade Title – Buena Suerte!

When you hear the jingling of bells tonight, don’t be surprised if it’s NOT Santa! In fact, the flash of red, silver and gold is more likely to be coming from a group of local youth, instead of a pack of reindeer.

Come, see Leadville’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Dancers. They were last year’s parade champions and will no doubt be aiming to make a repeat performance at tonight’s downtown celebration.

But if you can’t make tonight’s performance, you’ll still have an opportunity to see these young performers during the holiday season. Next Thursday, Dec. 12, the dance troupe will be performing at the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Leadville children dance in front of Annunciation Church as part of the Our Lady of Guadeloupe celebration.

The Leadville dance troupe in front of Annunciation Church during Our Lady of Guadeloupe celebration.

The day-long celebration begins at 5 a.m. with Mananitas and continues with a procession through Lake County which starts at 1o a.m. at Mountain View Trailer Park and continues along Highway 24 into town, down main street and, this year will take a different course to West Second Street and down to St. Joseph’s Church.

The dancers will perform an elaborate interpretive dance in the church parking lot, followed by 12 noon Mass at St. Joseph’s. The Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration continues with a Fiesta in the Sixth Street Gym from 1:30 – 8 p.m. All of that will take place next Thursday, Dec. 12 here in Leadville. The public is invited and welcomed to all of these special events. 

Our Lady of Guadeloupe Dancers Video




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