IBEW, NECA Power Indianapolis Tradition
November 2004 IBEW Journal
The Circle of Lights attracts thousands
481 and National Electrical
Contractors Association (NECA)
contractors are teaming up to give Indianapolis residents
a bright, shining holiday gift: the Circle of Lights, a brilliant
holiday spectacle made of nearly 5,000 lights.
Thousands of people gather each year in the heart of downtown
Indianapolis for the traditional lighting ceremony on November
26, the day after Thanksgiving. Each year since 1962, Local
481 electricians have volunteered for the job of stringing
lights up and down the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.
On the day of the event, approximately 200 members converge
on the 284-foot obelisk, where they carefully drop 52 garland
strands with 4,784 colored lights out of windows in the observation
tower. "People like to bring their kids down; its a
real community event," said Local
481 Business Manager Tom ODonnell. "About the second
week of January, we do the same thing in reverse."
The job is compliments of the Quality Connection, a labor-management
partnership between Local
481 and its 2,000 electricians and the 80 contractors
in the central Indiana chapter of NECA.
This year the Quality Connection is a title sponsor of the