For the first time, Durango Community Access Television will broadcast the Snowdown Light Parade live on Bresnan Cable Channel 22.
The broadcast will begin about 5:45 p.m. Jan. 30, before the parade's start at 6 p.m. DCAT Marketing and Development Director Deborah Uroda and Ted Holteen, a volunteer DJ with KDUR Radio and a Durango Herald reporter, will host the parade with commentary from the judges' stand at Main Avenue and Eighth Street.
The program will be recorded for rebroadcast on Channel 22 throughout February.
"Live broadcast of the Snowdown Light Parade is the first of many community programs that we hope to produce during 2009," said DCAT Executive Director Chris Hall.
"Our mission as a public-access station has been to provide the means for people to produce their own programming," he said. "We want to carry that a step further by working with community members and nonprofits to produce programming that they otherwise wouldn't have time to produce themselves."
The Snowdown Light Parade features more than 70 entries each year, from floats to dancing troupes. It begins at College Drive and moves north on Main Avenue to 12th Street. This year's Egyptian theme, "Snowdown in Da Nile," should generate pyramids, pharaohs, mummies and Cleopatra look-alikes.
DCAT broadcasts programming on the Bresnan cable television system, so only Bresnan cable customers will be able to tune into the live broadcast. However, DCAT will provide DVD copies of the parade program for $15 each.
Another live-broadcast first for DCAT is a Snowdown talent show at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Smiley Auditorium, 1309 East Third Ave. The show will be on Channel 22. For more information or to order copies, call 259-2802 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.