Downtown Parade of Lights
Over 75 marching bands, local businesses and community groups will take to the streets alongside decorated floats and spirited performances during the annual Parade of Lights. Interpreting this year’s theme, “Christmas Around the World,” participants will compete to wins prizes for “Most Original Float,” “Best Use of Theme,” “Best Use of Lights” and the best-overall “Mayor’s Award.” The parade kicks off at the corner of Hancock Avenue and Pulaski Street, turns left onto Clayton, left onto Thomas and then rounds the corner onto Washington Street, where festivities culminate in front of City Hall with a traditional tree-lighting ceremony led by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Over 60 local organizations will march through the streets of downtown. This year's theme is "Home for the Holidays." The parade begins at the corner of Hancock and Pulaski and ends in front of City Hall for the traditional tree lighting ceremony hosted by Santa. See Calendar Pick on p. 15.