“The Magic of Christmas” took on new meaning Friday night.

The annual Boom Box Christmas Parade marked its 20th anniversary with a nod to another phenomenon that hit the U.S. in 1998, with the theme “Celebrating 20 Years With Harry Potter.”

Parade entries featured the four houses of Hogwarts, quidditch, wizarding robes, sorting hats, Harry’s glasses and the Hogwarts Express.

Those features shared the spotlight with elves, reindeer and Santa Claus himself.

The Tri-State A/C Hero entry took the prize for best overall with a float headlined “20 Years of Magic.” It featured blowing snow, reindeer, a cauldron and young wizards and witches.

Other Winners: 

  • Best Use of Lights: VFW Post 10005.
  • Most Enthusiastic: Firebird Pop Warner Football and Flames Cheerleading.
  • Best Use of Theme: Golden Vertex Corp.
  • Women’s Council Choice: Perkins Restaurant.
  • Youth’s Choice: Mohave Accelerated Learning Center.
  • Best Use of Boom Box: A & G Towing and Storage Inc.

The latter contained a giant representation of an iPhone plugged into a boom box. The phone screen featured an illustration of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

The Colorado River Women’s Council hosted the parade, which drew thousands of spectators and nearly 100 entries.

Parade Chairwoman Cathy Stubblefield said the area has embraced the event for two decades.

“I wish I could have warmed up the night and made the wind go away,” she said. “But it reminds us all (that) the Christmas season is here.”

Melissa Ake said she likes the parade because of all the joy it brings to local children.

“They did a great job,” she said after the parade. “It was amazing.”

Ake was most impressed with the Desert Star Academy entry, a school bus with a faux-locomotive added to make it the “Desert Star Express.”

Jessica Moll said she was impressed by how long the parade was.

“It was nice,” Moll said. “Worth the drive here from Kingman.”

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