19th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights Takes Place Dec. 21

December 19, 2013

creatista2012-dtp-pol-34653The Downtown Tucson Partnership and Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital are proud to present the 19th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights in Armory Park on December 21 at 6:30 p.m. Around 700 revelers are expected to participate in the parade, with performing arts groups, floats, live music, and brightly decorated vehicles filling the streets of Downtown Tucson.

Before the parade, families can enjoy a full day of fun in Downtown. Kids can get their letter in to Santa at the Historic Train Depot, and the whole family can take a tour of Downtown Tucson on a horse-drawn carriage from Sentinel Carriage Company. Or you can complete your holiday shopping with thoughtful and unique gifts from the more than 50 locally owned retail shops in Downtown, then grab a bite at your choice of delicious restaurants. There is always something for the everybody to do Downtown! A list of Saturday events is at downtowntucson.org/events.

creatista2012-dtp-pol-34760Parade festivities will kick off at 5:30 p.m. at Armory Park, where Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will light the official holiday tree, backed by singers from Arizona Opera. Michael P. Nordberg will perform for the crowd, community radio station KXCI will be spinning the tunes throughout the evening at the park, and vendors will supply piping hot cocoa, kettle corn and other festive fare. Emcees Cathy Rivers and Greg Landers will host the parade.

“You can feel the enthusiasm, energy and passion from each parade entry. Their dedication to the parade really shines through,” said Michael Keith, CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership. “The outstanding entries, the support of community partners like Carondelet and KXCI, and the whole community just coming together creates the perfect holiday experience.”

The Parade of Lights begins at 6:30 p.m. at 17th St. and Stone Ave. The parade goes north on Stone to Ochoa St., Ochoa east to Scott Ave., Scott to 12th St. and on to 6th Ave., concluding at Armory Park. Staging for the parade will take place along 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th streets from 6th Avenue to 5th Avenue. Some of the best views will be available at Armory Park, St. Augustine Cathedral, or Children’s Museum Tucson. More information is available at www.downtowntucson.org, or email Brandi Haga at brandi@downtowntucson.org.

Thanks to our presenting sponsors Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital and KXCI, community partners KOLD, Wendy’s, NextCare, and Tierra Antigua, and special guest judges from the YWCA for making the 19th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights an evening to remember.

The Downtown Tucson Partnership is a non-profit, 501(c)(6) corporation committed to making Downtown Tucson the most dynamic urban center in the Southwest.