Photos: Annual Parade of Lights shines on downtown Denver Saturday night

You all looked very merry.

Event participants promoting the country of Peru pass through downtown Denver as part of the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

Event participants promoting the country of Peru pass through downtown Denver as part of the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

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Stephanie Rivera. Aug. 11, 2022.

Sidewalks were filled with friends and families bundled up in jackets, beanies and blankets as they staked out choice spots for Denver’s annual Parade of Lights downtown on Saturday night.

Temperatures were in the low 40s, but the winter cold didn’t seem to bother parade-goers. The little ones seemed especially unfazed as they ran around the empty streets, some waving around light sticks they bought from savvy vendors anticipating willing customers.

Parade participants included balloons of a giant tiger, the Grinch and a nicely wrapped present. High school marching bands played modern rock and holiday classics, and decked-out floats promoted organizations like the Donor Alliance, the Colorado Black Arts Festival and Denver International Airport.

The parade featured over 40 participants, according to event organizers.

A tiger float passes through downtown Denver as part of the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

A tiger float passes through downtown Denver as part of the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

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The EagleCrest High School marching band passes through downtown Denver as part of the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

The Eaglecrest High School marching band passes through downtown Denver as part of the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

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Event participants promoting the country of Peru pass through downtown Denver as part of the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

Event participants promoting the country of Peru pass through downtown Denver as part of the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

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Donate Life America representatives pass through downtown Denver as part of the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

Donate Life America representatives brought a giant present to the Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

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A member of Denver International Airport's dog therapy team passes through downtown Denver as part of the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

A member of Denver International Airport's dog therapy team passes through downtown Denver as part of the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

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Folklorico dancers pass through downtown Denver as part of the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

Folklorico dancers pass through downtown Denver as part of the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

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A Grinch float passes through downtown Denver as part of the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

A Grinch float passes through downtown Denver as part of the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

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Horseback riders pass through downtown Denver as part of the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

Horseback riders pass through downtown Denver as part of the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

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