FARMINGTON — Holiday parades are taking over downtown streets across San Juan County beginning this week.

The Farmington Christmas parade, sponsored by BP America, will take place at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, on Main Street. This year's theme is "Celebrating Farmington; Past, Present and Future."

Grand marshals are Tom Dugan, T. Greg Merrion and Dalton Scott, each representing the past, present and future of Farmington.

"This really has become a tradition for families to kick off the holiday season," Chamber of Commerce President Dorothy Nobis said. "We have been getting phone calls since August asking about this year's parade so we are hoping to have wonderful weather and lots of fantastic floats."

Nobis dropped a hint that Mrs. Claus might be making an appearance alongside her husband, Santa Claus.

For more information, call (505) 325-0279, or go to


The 10th annual Shiprock Parade of Lights will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, at the chapter house and will end in the City Market parking lot.

The theme this year is "A Disney Christmas on Navajo Land."

Entry fee to participate in the parade is three new children's books to be donated to the Mesa Elementary School library that was destroyed by a fire Sept. 12.

Call (505) 368-1125 for more information.


The Aztec "Country Christmas" Parade is at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10.

The parade route runs along Main Avenue.


"This event really does epitomize community involvement," said Roshana Moojen, Aztec Community Development director. "We have a long history of wonderful parades. It's a great time for families to come out and appreciate the spirit of the holidays."

To take part in the parade, visit or call for more information at (505) 334-7605.


Bloomfield's parade this year is "A Candy Cane Christmas," and takes place Monday. Line-up begins at 5:30 p.m. in the football field parking lot of Bloomfield High School and the parade will start at 6:30 p.m.

Businesses, sports teams, school, or anyone who wants to be involved can pick up an entry form at the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, 224 W. Broadway in Bloomfield. For additional information, call (505) 632-0880.

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