Marching bands, local businesses and other community groups will take to the streets alongside decorated floats during the annual Parade of Lights. Interpreting this year’s theme of “Home for the Holidays,” participants will compete for the titles of “Most Original Float,” “Best Use of Theme,” “Best Use of Lights” and best overall “Mayor’s Award.” Following the same route as last year, 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, where festivities culminate in front of City Hall with a traditional tree-lighting ceremony led by none other than 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.