Dear Indio Neighbors:

Is it possible that we are entering into the Holiday Season again? Must be because I see the Indio holiday banners on the light poles. We wish each of your families a warm, safe and happy Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. Between now and then, however, we have plenty of other activity going on in Indio.

City Hall was closed on Monday, November 12 to celebrate Veterans Day. We thank all those of you who have served. We are so grateful to you for the sacrifices you and your families have made in preserving and protecting our precious freedoms.

Thanksgiving is my favorite family day of the year. And Indio is a great place for families. Counting my own blessings, I am thankful for my association with this community and my dedicated colleagues at City Hall.

The Tamale Festival returns to Downtown Indio on Dec. 1 and 2. Approximately 100,000 people come see us that weekend, so please come out and enjoy the best tamales on the planet and help us greet the thousands of out-of-town visitors. Last year was my first Tamale Festival. Watching whole families take in the celebrations, it was easy for me to see why generations of Indio residents hold Indio near to their hearts.By the way, we have replaced the Tamale Festival parade this year with an official Opening Ceremony, starting at 10:30 AM. Come enjoy Indio bands and help us cut the opening ribbon on this year’s scrumptious festival, musical stages, craft booths and carnival rides. 

And join us at 5 PM on Dec. 1 (end of the first day of the Tamale Festival) for the annual Family Christmas Tree Lighting. The one-hour ceremony will feature more endearing musical performances by Indio students, and the evening will end with an early season visit by a representative from the North Pole.

I want to end this column by asking every reader who loves Indio to do yourself a favor and watch a video we prepared for the recent Mayor’s State of the City luncheon. More than 350 people attended the event which concluded with this very special video titled “Why Indio?” The video features Indio residents who answer that question in ways that will, I promise, warm your heart and give you something else to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Watch the Indio Legacy video here .
Mark Scott