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Letting Dr. Seuss loose

When most people think of children’s books, all sorts of images come to mind. There is the Velveteen Rabbit, Curious George and other favorites, but while most remember such timeless tales few remember the authors without looking them up.

In the genre of modern children’s literature one name stands out above all others: Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel.

Though the man had a broad-ranged career as an author under the pen names Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg, and Rosetta Stone, he is most remembered as giving us such memorable, rhythmic tales in anapestic tetrameter as "The Cat in the Hat," "Green Eggs and Ham" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"

In celebration of his groundbreaking work from 1954 to his death in 1991, this year’s 26th Annual Festival of Lights Parade has been themed ‘A Monteville Christmas.’

Entrants to this year’s float competition are encouraged to craft artistic magic in rendering their interpretations of Seuss’ work … with copious use of lights, of course. There is no entry fee, but the deadline to enter the competition was Saturday, Dec. 1.

The parade line-up will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Judging will begin at 5 p.m., and the parade will begin promptly at 6 p.m.

Event coordinator Kathie Wilson said many businesses and organizations will be in attendance, including the Shriner’s, Hoquiam Logger’s Playday, Bayview Redi-mix, and the Montesano Fire Department, which will bring up the rear of the Parade with Jolly Old Saint Nick.

Last year there were appearances from several local high schools, the Fort Lewis I-Corps Honor Guard, and our own local National Guard unit.

If past years are any indicator, this year’s parade promises to be the singular local social event for your calendar. Come join friends and neighbors to wrap up a day of festive fun as the streets of Montesano swell with light to warm hearts and stir minds to the unforgettable.