Joy, fellowship at Cannon Holiday Parade

(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Shelby Kay-Fantozzi)

(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Shelby Kay-Fantozzi)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Air Commandos kicked off December with the first of three local parades emphasizing Air Force Family, holiday cheer and creativity Wednesday.

The 25-float procession featured themes from favorite children’s movies to tacky sweaters, with the 27th Special Operations Medical Group, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, and 43rd Intelligence Squadron taking home prizes for theme, originality, holiday spirit and visual appeal.

In following with Cannon tradition, the parade concluded with a tree lighting that honored families of deployed Airmen. Chelsea Kegler, her daughter, Lorelei, and her son, Colin, flipped the switch that illuminated Cannon’s tree and marked the start of the season.

“Tonight’s events are an opportunity for us to embrace the spirit of community and family that many of us feel every day here at Cannon,” 27th Special Operations Wing commander Col. Ben Maitre said at the ceremony. “Together as service members, dependents, government employees and community partners, we celebrate our successes, enjoy each other’s company and remember those who are deployed or enduring hardships during this holiday season.”

Families at Cannon and in the local community can also enjoy the Portales Holiday Parade slated for Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m., and the Clovis Holiday Parade following Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.