By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: Needles Youth Development and Education Foundation, the Needles Community Partners and the City of Needles (Information):
Downtown Needles, California: The Needles Youth Development and Education Foundation, the Needles Community Partners and the City of Needles held their Needles Holiday Fun Fair and Lighted Parade 2021 on Saturday, December 4th, 2021.
Throughout the day, the community enjoyed along West Broadway from E Street to G Street a variety of fun, food, shopping and entertainment, including peewee derby races by the Needles Recreation Center.
This year’s event had the community celebrating as the return of the dance performances by Dance Trax 51 following COVID-19 Pandemic cancellations in 2020.
The dance performances by Dance Trax 51 was broadcasted live at ZachNews on Facebook (Watch more videos from Dance Trax 51 at ZachNews on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews)
The kids from Dance Trax 51 performed several dances including Christmas related dances along West Broadway at F Street before wishing everybody a “Merry Christmas!”
This year’s event also had the community celebrating as the return of the lighted parade following COVID-19 Pandemic cancellations in 2020.
The Lighted Parade during the Needles Holiday Fun Fair and Lighted Parade 2021 was broadcasted live at ZachNews on Facebook.
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The 40 minutes of fun and joy was the longest parade for the event, and had a lot of lighted as well as decorated vehicles and trailers as well as music entries from the Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Marching Band, Dance Trax 51 and Needles High School Matching Band; parade entries from the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, Route 66 Broadband, Set Free Church of Needles, Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Police Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, San Bernardino County Fire District, KTOX 1340AM/104.1FM Radio, Needles Chamber of Commerce, Needles Regional Museum, City of Needles and Needles Unified School District; and even a visit from Walter, the orphaned donkey and Mayor of Oatman, Arizona just to name a few.
Organizer Melody Jones announced to the local press, including broadcasted live at ZachNews on Facebook, the official winners of the lighted parade inside the beautiful Peace A-Work located at 821 West Broadway.
- First Place: Best Float:
City of Needles (Decorated Utility Truck and Trailer)
- First Place: Best Group:
VFW sponsored by Needles Chamber of Commerce
- First Place: Decorated Vehicle:
Needles Regional Museum
- First Place: Matching Band:
Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Marching Band
- First Place: Best Equestrian:
Walter (Orphaned Donkey and Mayor of Oatman, Arizona)
Afterwards, Melody Jones thanked everybody who participated in the lighted parade.
Thanks to Needles Youth Development and Education Foundation, the Needles Community Partners and the City of Needles for putting together this fantastic event that brings people together, and many thanks to the many great participates who signed up to be part of this wonderful return of the lighted parade; you all made this year joyful and bright to the community.