There was an overwhelming turnout at the Dec. 7 City of Apache Junction Holiday Event and Light Parade held at Flatiron Community Park.
Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department brought out 30 tons of snow, and there were games and activities, according to a release.
Santa Claus himself was there celebrating and taking photos with the families attending the celebration.
In addition, there were food trucks, obstacle courses and bounce houses. The Forresters performed throughout the event. Local city businesses and agencies came out to showcase the products and services the community has to offer as well as to provide additional games and activities, the release states.
"Participants themselves were even in the giving spirit as we received numerous non-perishable food items that were donated to the Apache Junction Food Bank," according to the release.
The 23rd Annual Holiday Light Parade concluded the evening with a display of more than 30 parade entries. The various vehicles, floats, and equestrians lit up the Apache Trail in spectacular fashion.
"Parks and Recreation would like to extend a huge thank you to all the businesses, agencies, and community members that participated in this year’s event. Special thanks go out to our event supporters: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Superstition Mountain Community Facilities District, Mediacom, Apache Junction Police Department, Apache Junction Public Works, and Superstition Fire and Medical District. Their financial assistance and participation helped make this event possible," the release states.
For more information on this program or other programs and services, call the Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department at 480-983-2181 or go to ajcity.net/parks.