The City of Nogales announced this week that it will hold its annual Christmas Light Parade on Dec. 1 with a theme of “Christmas Then and Now” in honor of Arizona’s centennial celebration.
In addition, the city said that local historian Axel Holm will serve as the parade’s grand marshal.
Holm, a native Nogalian, is the son of pioneer produce man Walter Holm and the co-founder of Hilltop Art Gallery, Louise Holm. Axel Holm was active in the family business, Walter Holm & Co., for many years, as well as a teacher of American history.
Holm has also been an active volunteer historian for Southern Arizona at the local and state levels for several years, including serving as past president of the Pimeria Alta Historical Society. He currently serves on the State board of the Arizona Historical Society, is the chair of the Library, Archives, and Collections Committee for the State of Arizona, and serves on the History Committee of the Fresh Produce Associations of the Americas.
“Nogales history and my parents taught me that Nogales is a special place which I sum up as follows: During its 130 years, Nogales has attracted entrepreneurs worldwide who see economic opportunity, and in turn, Nogalians have resettled worldwide to create, invent, develop, assist, and improve the lives of others. Nogales is the wellspring of human creativity,” Holm said.
The annual Christmas parade begins on Morley Avenue near East Monroe Street, heading south on Morley Avenue where it turns west on Park St and then north on Grand Avenue, ending near the Americana Hotel.
(Rewritten news release from the City of Nogales.)