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Northern Facilities brings the holidays to life


Story by Stephanie J. Montoya 

Northern once again brought the holiday season to life with its legendary parade float and luminaria display this December.
Northern’s float won first place in the non-profit category of the annual Española Electric Light Parade and won second Best in Show. These are both well-deserved honors for a float that took Northern’s facilities team over three weeks to construct. 
Facilities Supervisor Andy Romero’s desk looks more like a shrine to parade float victories gone by. His team has won either first or second place ever since the parade began in 1996. Showing an accomplished smile, Romero tells of how a Northern tradition came to be.
“It seems we just adopted it,” he said. “We were asked to do it one year. People thought we did a good job so we got asked to do it again and we’ve been doing it ever since.”
This year’s float featured elaborately-placed lights and several moving parts, including a flying Santa and reindeer and two snowmen on a teeter-totter. All the welding and motor-work for the float is done in-house by the staff themselves. Although putting everything together is hard work, Romero says that the project lets everyone share their creativity and talent. When parade time comes around, they also drive and spot the float.
The facilities team also spread holiday cheer by preparing more than 1500 luminarias which were placed and lit by volunteers big and small just in time for the parade.  
Northern’s local cable channel Canal Seis braved the cold to broadcast the parade live on TV and online, helping share the joy with those at home.
A big thank you goes out to Northern facilities, Canal Seis, and all those who volunteered. Be sure to keep an eye out for Northern’s float next year, it is guaranteed to amaze! 
Photos by John T. Denne