This year’s Lighting of the Night parade drew more entries and onlookers than ever, Galt Parks and Recreation Director Armando Solis said at the Dec. 8 meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission. At the meeting, commissioners also requested City Council approval to meet every other month and chose to continue meeting online.

The Lighting of the Night festival on Dec. 4 “was our biggest and best so far,” Solis said. “We had over 60 participants in our parade. Typically, it’s between 45 and 55. By the time the start of the parade came back to the (Galt) Market grounds, there were still about 12 floats on there waiting to leave.”

Noting the crowd that gathered to watch the lighting of the Christmas tree on Civic Drive, he said, “It was just an incredible sight. It was nice to have the parade back after it being gone last year.”

Further, Solis was optimistic for the city’s Breakfast With Santa event, which took place on Dec. 11. The director said it sold out, even after adding more tables.

Acting on a discussion from November, the commission voted 3-0 to recommend that City Council change its meeting schedule to every two months. Commission Chair Ernie Cason was absent. Like other city commissions and committees, the group would have the power to call a special meeting if any issues require its attention between regular meetings.

“Over the last several years, there really hasn’t been a need to meet every month. I truly believe that every other month would work quite well,” Solis said. He anticipated bringing the item before Council on Dec. 21 or in January. The commission planned to hold its next meeting on Jan. 12.

The commission made another 3-0 vote to continue meeting online for the time being, but it will reassess the state of the COVID-19 pandemic at each meeting. Now that City Council has begun meeting in person, Galt’s committees and commissions are deciding whether they want to follow suit yet.

Upcoming Parks and Rec events include the Winter Bird Festival of Feb. 5, 2022. It will feature tours and bird photography exhibits at the Chabolla Community Center, as well as virtual activities.