by Dan Gibson
It's a busy weekend in Tucson, but you should really make time for one of my absolute favorite Tucson events, the Downtown Parade of Lights, happening Saturday night starting at 6:30 pm. What's charming about the parade for me is how small town it seems. There are accordion players followed by kids from a school, followed by a garbage truck with some Christmas lights on it. One year when I went (two years ago, maybe?), a truck with "Jesus Is The Reason For The Season" on it was followed by a Budweiser truck. My son freaked out when a bunch of people in Star Wars costumes brandishing lightsabers walked by and one of them strolled over to the sidewalk to give kids high-fives. It's really just a strange, fun time that seems quintessentially Tucson to me.