LOWELL | Bella Tieri, 8, of Lowell, jumped and cried out "Snoopy! Snoopy!" as the iconic dog character rode by Friday night in well-lit glory.
Her cousins Sofia Pigo, 6, new to Cedar Lake from Wisconsin, and 9-year-old Hailey Postma, of Winfield, watched with wonder as the Lowell Parade of Lights delivered several illuminated entries culminating in Santa's arrival.
The annual Holiday Magic evening was sponsored by the Lowell parks department, the town of Lowell and Lowell Chamber of Commerce.
Calogeno Ramey, 4, of Lowell, waved to Frosty the Snowman while Kevin Browne, 13, Danny DeLira, 12, Tommy Browne, 9, and Rory Browne, 11, showed their excitement over the Batmobile entry.
The parade delivered brightly lit canines from Freedom Bark Park and pretty ponies and dancing equines from Mi Ranchito.
A squad of four-wheelers from the Hickey family and lighted motorcycles were crowd pleasers, as were the floats from Touch of Grass and First Assembly of God, Cub Scout Packs 234 and 356, the Stars and Stripes U.S. Naval Sea Cadets and more.
The Holiday Magic continued with the lighting of the town Christmas tree and carols from the Lowell High School bands and choirs before adjourning to Town Hall for visits with Santa, cookies and cocoa.
Judges for the parade were Tri-Creek School Corp. Superintendent Debra Howe, Lake Prairie Principal Lisa Patton and Lowell Middle School Principal Rebecca Pavich. Don Holt was master of ceremonies.