Trucks star in annual Christmas parades

Jill Dunn | November 25, 2011

Drivers will honk “Jingle Bells” in the Christmas Convoy Truckers Parade, the oldest of the annual trucker Christmas parades returning soon to some U.S. and Canadian cities.

In California, Eureka residents will continue a more than two decade tradtiion when they cheer as many as 100 trucks participating in the Christmas Convoy Truckers Parade. Past participants have used variety of decorations, some lighted so heavily three generators were required.

The parade begins at 6 pm Dec. 11 in Redwood Acres.

Also in California, volunteers will gather food for charity during the Paradise’s Christmas Truck Parade. Also known as the Big Truck Parade, the procession will begin 6:30 p.m. at Paradise Community Park.

The Myrtle Creek-Tri City Area Chamber of Commerce has said the 18th Annual Timber Trucker’s Light Parade will begin “as soon as it gets dark” Dec. 11 in Riddle, Ore.
It estimated as many as 15,000 spectators have lined the five-mile route to see drivers toss them candy and trinkets and see truckers compete for awards.

In Washington, bagpipers will lead lighted trucks in the Starlight Truck Parade 7 p.m. Dec. 2 through downtown Stevenson.

Canada’s British Columbia offers two trucker parade charity events.

Decorated trucks will raise funds for local children’s charities in the 13th Annual Thunder Bay Police Association Parade of Lights. The parade route begins at 7 p.m. at Victoria’s Manitoulin Transport yard
In Surrey, volunteers from local food bank and Christmas charities will gather donations during the Big Rigs for Kids, Lighted Truck Parade. The parade starts 5:30 pm in the Cloverdale Fairgrounds parking lot. Following the parade, many spectators circulate around the parked trucks to admire the many hours of decorations, according to the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association.

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