For more than two decades Durango has celebrated the end of January - and its accompanying cold weather, short days and general winter-weariness - with a half-week of irreverent, creative fun aimed at breaking the worst cases of cabin fever. Except for those in deep denial, this year looks to be no exception: Snowdown in DaNile is in full swing.
With a broad menu of longtime events and new activities to appeal to a wide cross-section of Durangoans, Snowdown is once again living up to its reputation as a community festival that lightens residents' and visitors' spirits as it has since 1979. This year's Egyptian theme of DaNile carries, of course, some nonriparian connotations that are reflected in some of the more adult-oriented activities, but that does not make Snowdown unfriendly to families. With the festival's keystone event, the Snowdown Light Parade, the town's creativity is showcased in a series of floats and marchers that draw smiles from all generations - punctuated by welcome blasts of heat from hot air balloons. Past favorites have included performances from the Jazzercise participants and the Durango High School marching band. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and is not to be missed. Dress appropriately - both for the theme and the weather.
The schedule of Snowdown events is as long as it is wide-ranging. Pick up a copy - as well as a Snowdown Sneer - and plan to attend a few, or many, activities. Schedules and other Snowdown merchandise is available at businesses around town. Either as an observer or a participant, Snowdown in DaNile offers something fun for everyone.