Friday, December 24, 2010

East Houms's Famous Christmas Light Show of 200,000 lights

East Houma house awash with lights
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Earl and Julie McElroy pose in front of their home, which won first place in The Courier and Daily Comet’s holiday lights photo contest, Monday in Houma.

HOUMA — It started as a partnership between husband and wife nearly 30 years ago. Today, the home of Earl and Julie McElroy is known for coming alive with 200,000 lights each Christmas, delighting neighborhood kids and parents alike.

Their house at 142 Cleveland St., awash with multicolored lights on nearly every square inch of the walls, roof and yard, was voted by readers as the first-place winner of The Courier’s holiday lights contest.

Earl McElroy, 70, a native of Ashland and an operations manager for Gulf States Engineering in Houma, puts up the display each year. He often stands outside dressed as Santa to complement the display, greeting those who come by. But for him, the famous light show is about much more than glitz and glamor.

“It’s really not about the lights. It’s about the people,” McElroy said. “They just enjoy themselves.” Read Full Story           

By Kathrine Schmidt/Staff Writer

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