Parade of Lights Will Fill Downtown With Holiday Cheer on December 17

December 12, 2011

Floats, live music and brightly decorated vehicles will fill Downtown Tucson with holiday cheer at the 17th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights on December 17, 2011. Thousands will once again pack the streets to watch as the Parade makes its way through Downtown Tucson as it is undergoing a stunning renaissance.

Visitors will be able to participate in a wide variety of entertainment before and after the Parade, which is sponsored by Tucson Electric Power, a business that is celebrating the opening of their new corporate headquarters in Downtown . In addition to seeing the different floats from businesses and community organizations, you can entertain the kids at the Tucson Children’s Museum, ride the Polar Express at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, or dine at one of the over 50 different restaurants in the heart of the city. Additionally, there’s a rumor that you just might be able to catch a glance of a special guest who will be in town from the North Pole.

“The Parade has this wonderful small town feel to it. The floats are all locally generated and you can feel the holiday enthusiasm and love in each entry. There is really nothing else like it in Tucson,” said Michael Keith, CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership. “Our community partners like Tucson Electric Power are a huge asset to the parade, and the Tucson community really makes it come alive.”

The Parade of Lights will be filling Downtown Tucson streets for the 17th year. Entries range from marching bands to advanced computerized light displays, antique vehicles to floats that feature a traditional nativity scene. The Parade begins at 6:30 on Stone Avenue and 17th Street, proceeds up Stone through Ochoa, Scott and 6th avenues to end at Armory Park. Spectators are advised to watch from Armory Park or the Children’s Museum for the best view. Please click here or call Brandi at (520) 837-6504 for more information.