Tucson celebrates holidays with Parade of Lights and Luminaria Night

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The holiday spirit was shining bright in downtown Tucson Saturday night. 

Every year thousands line the streets to watch the Parade of Lights.

A little popcorn, a little hot cocoa and a lot of lights.

"We all got ready and gathered at our house and came down here, caravanned down here to see the festival of lights," said Rocco Sedillo.

Rocco Sedillo lined a bunch of his friends and family along 6th Avenue Saturday night to watch the downtown Parade of Lights.

"It's just another tradition to add to their scrapbook," Sedillo said.

The parade kicked off with the beat of a marching band.

Followed by dozens of vehicles, firetrucks, police cars, even a mini go-cart all decked out in a holiday spirit that never fails to impress the little ones.

Each float is judged on its beauty, creativity and use of lights, with a chance to win an award.

But to Rocco and thousands of other spectators, the night isn't about the competition, rather spending time with family.

"Everybody kind of comes together and gets to enjoy something together, instead of all being scattered all over with the hustle and bustle and gets to relax with hot chocolate and watch the lights go by," Sedillo said.

With only eight days left until Christmas, it's a chance to soak up the beauty of the holidays.

Also downtown Saturday night, the Fifth annual Luminaria Night at Presidio San Agustin.

The celebration included a cannon fire, a visit with Presidio soldiers, and free cookies and hot chocolate.

Last year about 500 people paid a visit to El Presidio.

This year they were hoping to break that number.