SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Paradise Strong Chorus visited the State Capitol on Dec. 5 to sing at the annual Christmas tree lighting.
Following the performance from Paradise Ridge Elementary, Governor Gavin Newsom praised the children and the town for their "remarkable resilience" and noted how far the community had come in the past year.
"To see all those kids up here on this stage, that's the definition of pride, that's the definition of spirit, that is what we should all be celebrating," said the Governor. "That's what the holidays are about."
The lighting ceremony is an annual tradition dating back to the 1930s with this year's program included musical performances that highlighted California's cultural diversity, native heritage and spirit of inclusion.
This year's tree came from Shasta County and is a 66-foot tall white fir from the La Tour Demonstration State Forest.