Circle of Lights removal begins Saturday morning

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INDIANAPOLIS – Take a good look at Monument Circle on Thursday and Friday—the lights won’t be up much longer.

About 75 volunteer union electricians and apprentices will start taking down the Circle of Lights on Saturday morning. The effort will start around 8 a.m. and last as long as needed.

The 50th Annual Circle of Lights took place Nov. 23 on Monument Circle. More than 100,000 spectators watched the lighting ceremony. Now, more than 4,700 lights on 52 garland strands have to come down—the equivalent of six miles of electrical wire and more than two miles of garland.

The volunteers come from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 481, contractors of Quality Connection and Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. Volunteer union members of IBEW Local 481 have been installing and removing the lights on the monument since 1962.