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    NEWS RELEASE
                           Public Communications Division
                           Department of Customer Services
                            City & County of Honolulu
                            523-4385

                                                                                                                      

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (November 29, 2001)

CITY’S ELECTRIC LIGHT PARADE STAGED TWO DAYS THIS YEAR

(Dec. 1 Downtown and Dec. 2 in Waikiki)           

            The Honolulu City Lights Public Workers Electric Light Parade, sponsored by Hawaiian Electric Company, has become an eagerly-anticipated local tradition which ushers in the holiday season on Oahu.           

            This year, the public will be able to see the Christmas light parade on two occasions.  On Saturday, December 1, the parade will be part of the opening night tree lighting festivities at City Hall in downtown Honolulu.

            The next evening, Sunday, December 2, the Electric Light Parade will roll through Waikiki, following 3,000 motorcycles and classic cars in the Toy Run 2001 Parade which starts at 4 p.m.  The City’s portion begins at Fort DeRussy at about 5:45 p.m. and proceeds down Kalakaua Avenue, ending approximately an hour later with Santa’s float at Kapiolani Park.

            Motorists are cautioned that Kalakaua Avenue will be closed from 4 to 7 p.m.  Access into Waikiki will be through Kalia Road, which will be contra-flowed during this period.  Parking prohibitions will also be posted.

            Approximately 35 vehicles, including garbage trucks, TheBus, TheHandi-Van, ambulance, fire engines and many others will be elaborately dressed with bright lights and colorful holiday decorations.  Community and businesses have long expressed an interest in hosting the city’s parade as a holiday attraction for Waikiki.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2002

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