Photos from tonight's Festival of Lights Parade in downtown Kissimmee. The grand marshals of this year's parade were the six Kissimmee Utility Authority workers who spent 36 days in October and November restoring power to the storm-battered island of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
To promote the "Jingle Bell Rock" parade theme, our float featured employee children "rockin' out the power" by playing inflatable electric guitars beneath a holiday-lit electric grid. Riding at the front of our float was our 2017 calendar contest winner, fourth grader Sophia Cubilla of Kissimmee Charter Academy, and her parents.
Thanks to the nearly 100 KUA employees and their family members who walked with our float and handed out glow necklaces. #JingleBellRock#Kissimmee#holidays#publicpower
The six Kissimmee Utility Authority workers who spent 36 days restoring power on the storm-battered island of Puerto Rico have been named grand marshals of tonight’s Festival of Lights Parade in downtown Kissimmee.
The workers will be on the lead float of the parade along with their families. The parade begins at 7 p.m.
Each year, the City of Kissimmee selects its parade grand marshal(s) by identifying residents of Osceola County who have displayed outstanding pride and commitment to the community through volunteerism and/or service above and beyond their normal call of duty.
KUA sent the six workers and a fleet of vehicles to San Juan on Oct. 17 to assist the island with the restoration of electricity, following a devastating blow from Hurricane Maria. Although their mutual aid contract only required 30 days of assistance, the crews stayed on an additional six days to complete some critical repairs to the island’s electrical grid.
Working with other utilities and contractors, the Kissimmee crews were part of a mutual aid mission that helped restore power to an estimated one million residents across the island. 🇺🇸⚡️🇵🇷 #mutualaid#PuertoRico#PublicPower#Kissimmee#florida#holidays#parade#lineman#linemen#lineworker