LIHUE (HawaiiNewsNow) – Kauai’s biggest holiday celebration is back – in a big way.
On Friday evening, thousands of people gather on Rice Street in Lihue to watch the famous “Lights on Rice” parade. This is the first time the parade has been held since the start of the pandemic.
The parade will start at Vidinha Stadium at 18:00 and proceed to the County Hall.
Even before the start of the parade, the atmosphere along the parade route was electrifying.
This year, more than 60 units and about 3000 people will participate in it.
“For the first time in three years, we were able to hold the “Lights in Rice” parade. We are very excited,” said David Lister, president of the Rotary Club of Kauai, which is organizing the event.
“Sixty-five entries in this year’s parade and it’s great that the Rotary Club can do this for the island.”
Families lined up along the parade route hours before the event began and say it’s good for the people of Kauai to have it back.
Once at the County Hall, the parade will lead to the “Festival of Lights” where all the trees on the square will be lit until New Year’s Day.
Festival organizers say only the exterior of the County Building will be lit up and decorated, while indoor displays will not be installed this year due to ongoing health and safety concerns.
Behind the Kauai Museum, there is also an annual Christmas craft fair on Friday evening.
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