Temperatures in the low 30s and the threat of snow failed to dampen the spirits of the
approximately 5,000 people who lined the streets of Manitou Springs to watch the second
annual Christmas Kickoff Parade Saturday evening.
This marked a continuation of the Yuletide festivals in the high country, with big parade celebrations in Woodland Park, Cripple Creek, and now Manitou.
This year’s grand marshal was none other than Santa Claus himself, who brought up the rear of the parade in a fire truck. The parade was led by a U.S. Army color guard on horseback from Fort Carson and a brass band.
Music was provided by Girl Scout Unit 6 of Manitou Springs and carolers from Manitou
Springs School District. Live music, meanwhile, was featured from various floats along the parade route.
Politics did not take a back seat, either, as supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful
Pete Buttigieg, known by most Dems as “Mayor Pete,” were on hand to show support for the candidate who is making a strong showing in preliminary polls.
There were dogs, motorcycles, classic cars, pennyfarthing bicycles and a 1942 fire truck
owned by Manitou Springs Fire Department. In addition, the lineup included a new Subaru from Heuberger, one of the sponsors of the parade.
Floats represented Crossfit Bonnie and Clyde, a veteran-run training center; Angels of
America’s Fallen, featuring Ms. Colorado and Ms. Texas; New Life Church of Manitou Springs;
the Classic Corvette Club of Colorado Springs; First Alert 5; Mountain Metropolitan Transport,
featuring a bus full of carolers; and Sunny 106.3.
Other participants were Adventures Out West, with the zipline and tours of Pikes Peak
featured: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: Bristol Brew House; and the
Vintage Motor Car Club’s Pikes Peak Chapter.
The state police and Manitou Fire Department were represented, as well as Golden Age
Renovations and Remodeling; the Marine Corps League, representing Toys for Tots; St.
Andrew’s Episcopal Church of Manitou Springs; United Way; and the Classic Volkswagen
Owners of Colorado Springs.