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Catch The Glow Parade Will Give You A Warm, Fuzzy Holiday Feeling

Michael Young paints a beautiful mountain scene on one of the parade floats.

Michael Young paints a beautiful mountain scene on one of the parade floats.

By: Kris Hazelton

The creative minds of Bob Aiken and Michael Young have been very hard at work as they create twenty, completely new floats for the 25th annual Catch The Glow Parade.  The parade will roll through downtown Estes Park  on Elkhorn Avenue, the day after Thanksgiving at 5:30 p.m.

Bob and Michael are finishing up the floats in Barn W at the Stanley Park Fairgrounds and the creativity of these two men never ceases to amaze those watching the floats come together with color, lights and gorgeous scenery.

With this year’s parade, Bob and Michael are looking forward to making a new and different statement. They are making the floats all Estes Park oriented, since that is why people come to our town to begin with.

A special part of the parade is dedicated to the memory of Tim Mayhew who passed away earlier this year. Tim worked at the fairgrounds and according to his coworkers, he worked very hard on the parade floats for many years, Tim loved the parade and he took great pride in it. Carl Matzdorff wanted to re-design the train this year and the new creation is in honor of Tim. The train has been named, “The Virgil Express” and those who knew and loved Tim know that to him, everyone was Virgil. And on the back of the train, a simple sign states, “In Memory of Tim Mayhew.” It will be a glowing tribute to a wonderful man who was much loved in our community.

Some of the other newly created floats this year include a Wind Power Float that celebrates being green, a Rocking Horse Float featuring Cowboy Chester, The Night Before Christmas, a Bye, Bye Birdie float, the REO Truck, The Nutcracker Float, Goldilocks and the Three Shopping Bears, The Dickens Carolers, Brad and Kathy Fitch and their Western Float, a Patriotic Flag Float honoring our Veterans, a Winter Wonderland Float with Mr. and Mrs. Frosty, the Sledding Hill Float, and of course Santa Claus himself, flying over the mountains!

There will be other lighted entries in the parade as well as these beautifully designed floats.
Bob and Michael want each float to have a purpose and a meaning and as each float passes by, it will tell a story to the crowd. Bob expressed his desire that the floats in the parade give off more of a glow and Michael has taken that idea to heart and at the parade you’ll find more glow from within on these floats from streetlights, windows, fireplaces, etc. Bob said, “I love the theme of Catch the Glow and we all have some sort of glow within ourselves and this parade will brighten that glow in all who attend the parade.”

This year, the Town held a special contest for one lucky winner. Michael and Bob found a large snowflake on one of the floats and according to Town employees, that snowflake has been in every parade for the past 25 years. Michael and Bob thought the snowflake needed to be recognized and honored and even needed a name. So, they are held a contest to Name the Snowflake and the winner was (drum roll please)….Dick Igel from Littleton, Colorado. The name Dick chose was “Glowinkle.” Dick has been invited to participate in the parade and ride on the 1949 REO truck with the newly named, Glowinkle snowflake. Congratulations, Dick!

We’ll see you in the parade!

So after you’ve had your fill of Thanksgiving turkey and leftovers, bundle up the family and head on down to Elkhorn Avenue for our wonderful Catch the Glow Parade!

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