Baraga County lights it UP

FESTIVE FLOATS–Businesses from the area compete in a float contest during the Light Up Baraga County parade. Starting on top of the North Main Street hill, people handed out candy and wished spectators happy holidays. In first place was the Baraga Community Memorial Hospital, Abbey Pine in second, and in third was a float by the Roys, Lindgrens, Doves, and Baril families.

by Porter Davis
The annual celebration of the holiday season known as ‘Light Up Baraga County’ turned into another great night in town. Nearly the entire afternoon was devoted to Christmas festivities. Businesses from all over the county took part in building floats and walking in the parade, passing out candy to kids along their route. The Light Up Baraga County events ran from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, covering the skating show at  Meadowbrook Arena, a visit from Santa at the American Legion in L’Anse, and the parade
from the skating rink to the intersection at North Main and Broad Street. After the parade, the Christmas tree was lit up by Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The weather was unseasonably warm, with many remarking on the previous years’ snowy weather as the norm, when it had in fact rained early in the morning. Several cautious people brought umbrellas instead of winter boots this time, though the rain held off all evening. Regardless of the conditions,  yoopers are famously ready for anything, and still showed up in droves to watch the parade. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.