It’s the holiday season again – which means it’s time for the Xcel Energy Holiday Lights Parade!
At Moore, the parade is a company tradition to kick off the holiday season. In fact, we’ve been participating in the Holiday Lights Parade for nine years. As a community-oriented company, we like to promote local businesses, a thriving downtown and giving back to the community. The parade is the perfect way to do that – and it’s also wonderful to see the growing numbers of participants and spectators.
This year’s parade was last night, Tuesday, November 25, 2014.
A challenge to top 2013
As chair of the 12-person parade committee, I coordinate our team in developing, designing and constructing Moore’s float. Our committee started planning for the parade at the beginning of October, as soon as the theme was released, and it has been a consistent push since then.
The biggest challenge every year is to outdo ourselves from the past parades. (Remember our gingerbread house last year?) But it’s a challenge our parade committee gladly accepts.
Creating the float
During the construction phase, we met about twice a week after work in our survey garage to create the float. All said and done, between the meetings, coordinating and construction, the committee and other employee volunteers will have spent more than 300 hours preparing for the parade.
The week prior to the event, our friends at Pro Landscapers allow us to use their large facility to assemble the float with everything we’ve built over the past couple of months. They even let us use their large trailer, the foundation for the float every year.
“Winter Nights, Holiday Lights”
The theme of this year’s parade was “Winter Nights, Holiday Lights.” Our float was a hit at the parade, with many children screaming, “They’re having a snowball fight on their float!” as we cruised by. It was cool when the “snowballs” (soft, fuzzy and lighted) escaped from the trailer and parade goers helped us retrieve them. (The kids were sometimes disappointed to give them up.) We’ve noticed the crowd really enjoyed our previous interactive floats, so we were excited to give them that element again this year.
At Moore, we strive to be innovative with every project, while giving our clients and the general public that “wow factor.” The same goes for our parade float; we seek to incite the “wow factor” for parade goers.
We hope you made it to the parade. It was a lot of fun. If you couldn’t be there, stop by the Holiday Lights in Lindenwood Park. A variation of our float will be on display there beginning November 29 through the month of December. Happy holidays from all of us at Moore Engineering!
Matt Welle is a professional engineer at Moore Engineering’s West Fargo office and head of the parade committee. His favorite part of the Holiday Lights Parade is seeing his coworkers’ talents and creativity come together, combined with the community’s happy – and hopefully impressed – faces during the parade.