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'Twinkle bus' back for Holidazzle parades

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A newly retrofitted "Twinkle Bus" makes its debut Friday night for the first evening of the season's Holidazzle parades in downtown Minneapolis, the Star Tribune reports. The old Twinkle bus was retired in 2010 and was missed by some parade fans, Metro Transit officials say.

The new bus has 23,000 bulbs that blink as specially outfitted speakers blare holiday favorites, including "Deck the Halls" and "Sleigh Ride."

The bus will be part of the parades that kick off at 6:30 p.m. Friday and continue through Dec. 23. Here's more about the 20-year-old Holidazzle parade, including a parade schedule and parking info. The bus will be used in regular-route and express service when the Holidazzle parades end, Metro Transit officials say.

Passengers heading to the Holidazzle parades in Minneapolis can ride all Metro Transit buses and light rail for free from 4 to 8 p.m. on two Saturdays – Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, the Pioneer Press reports.

Here's a video of the bus, from MPR.

And here's a glimpse at the 2009 Twinkle bus.

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