Holidazzle lights up Minneapolis for last time

MINNEAPOLIS - Saturday was the last hurrah for a Twin Cities holiday tradition.

"We bring the family every year," said Steve Okey, of Plymouth. "We're sad to see it go."

The Holidazzle Parade has been a Minneapolis tradition for 22 years, but Saturday night was its last.

The event, with every float and participant covered in Christmas lights, draws 300,000 spectators each year.

"When the Holidazzle started it was a fresh idea," says Steve Cramer, CEO of the Downtown Council. "We're looking for something new and exciting moving forward."

The Downtown Council hasn't announced what that "next thing" will be, but they promise it will bring Minnesotans together around holidays, something the Holidazzle has done for more than two decades.

"This costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to put on," says Cramer. "We're conscious of that and will make sure that those resources are spent in a way that gets the best bang for the buck."

Saturday night drew many wanting to be dazzled one last time.

"I came during the first year," said Judi Holloway, of Minneapolis. "It's great to be here during the last."


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