Christmas season begins

Thousands of people lined the streets of Alpena Friday for the annaul Bolenz Jewelry Holiday Parade. There were more than 40 entries, including floats in commercial and non-commercial categories, the Alpena High?Marching Band, and of course Santa Claus. Following the parade the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at Culligan Plaza took place. The lighting was handled by Julian Shafto), whose grandmother Carol Shafto donated this year’s tree.

Parade winners were:

Commercial division:

1st place: First Federal of Northern Michigan

2nd place: Showgirls Dairy Farm

3rd place: Home Depot

Non-commercial division:

1st place: ACC Nursing Program

2nd place: Alpena Co. Sheriff Dept.

3rd place: Alpena FFA

4th place: Civil Air Patrol

5th place: Nautical City Festival