This is the weekend for illuminated holiday parades on the North Coast. Grab your kids, coats, chairs and cocoa and plunk yourselves down on the curb for some slow-moving, Santa-waving, horn-honking cheer. We've got a twinkling you'll like these.
Some of the decorated vehicles in our local holiday light parades are so over the top they'd bring a tear to Clark Griswold's eye. Like those in Fortuna's Al Gray Electric Lighted Truck Parade happening Friday, Dec. 7 with staging at the Redwood Village Shopping Center at 6:30 p.m. (free). Santa will be on hand for pictures with kids. Garberville's Lighted Truck Parade gets rolling Friday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. near Garberville Town Square (free). And the big honker, the KEKA Trucker's Christmas Parade, tooting its horns for 38 years and featuring trucks adorned with tens of thousands of lights (say watt?) is Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. (free). The caravan leaves Redwood Acres Fairgrounds at 6 p.m. and makes its way down Harris Street to I, north on I Street to Seventh Street, east on Seventh Street to Myrtle Avenue and southeast on Myrtle to the Redwood Acres parking lot, where the trucks will be lit up on display and awards will be presented.
Don't get strung out if you can't make it to any of this weekend's electric parades. Ferndale's Lighted Tractor Parade is next Sunday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. (free).