HILO, Hawaii – The 31st annual Downtown Hilo Christmas Light Parade marched down Kilauea Avenue on Saturday evening, as thousands lined the streets to watch.
It was the first parade of the holiday season on Hawaii Island.
The Hilo Downtown Improvement Association resurrected the long standing tradition last year when it appeared the parade would be cancelled. A community effort organized by Lani Shigehara Walters funded the event for another two years.
The parade began at 6 p.m., and various floats and vehicles festooned in colored lights made their way down Pauhi Street to Kilauea, over to Keawe Street, down Waianuenue Avenue, and back on Kamehameha Avenue.
This year’s grand marshal, KTA Super Stores, led the way for over 40 participating organizations.