The weather should be nice, Santa will be outside, and maybe, just maybe, we’re at the worst of two years of a global pandemic. The annual Great Falls Lights Parade could break a record this weekend.

“It starts at 6 p.m.,” Kellie Pierce said of the centerpiece of next Saturday’s celebrations, when daily highs of around 40 degrees are forecast. “We have about 40 cars, so it’s going to be a good one.”

Pierce serves as the Operations Manager for the Downtown Great Falls Association, the corporate organization that works with the City of Great Falls to host the annual Parade of Lights celebration.

Just a few days ago, preparations for the parade of lights seemed to be in trouble. A brittle community Christmas tree, many broken branches and concerns about a potential fire hazard prompted city and downtown officials to replace the community Christmas tree at the last moment.

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