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Two years ago, the Parade of Lights was mired in Bill O'Reilly-stoked controversy over the question of whether Christian-themed displays would be allowed — but that's ancient history now. "We had a nativity float last year, which looked fantastic," says Sarah McClean, communications manager for the Downtown Denver Partnership. "We hope people will come out and see it again."

Of course, there's more in the works for the parade than wise men and hay. Also included are marching bands, a community choir, floats and lots of glowing bulbs. "It's all about illuminating downtown through music and festivities," McClean notes. And if controversy is left out of the mix, amen to that.

The parade steps out at 8 p.m. tonight and 6 p.m. tomorrow at Civic Center Park and the City and County Building, Bannock Street and 14th Avenue. There's no charge for attending or watching the live broadcast on Channel 9. For more information, call 303-534-6161 or visit
Fri., Dec. 1, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 2, 6 p.m.


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