Rockin’ Around Armory Park: The 20th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights

December 11, 2014

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Smiling faces from the 2013 Downtown Parade of Lights.

Year after year, families, individuals, small businesses, performance artists, and neighborhood organizations flock to Armory Park to brighten it with vibrantly lit vintage vehicles, music, dance, mod LED lights, floats, marching bands and free fun for the whole family. This is an event that has the heart and soul of the Old Pueblo.

Now in its 20th year, the Downtown Parade of Lights is a valued holiday tradition for thousands of Tucson families. “The best part about this parade is that it promotes community,” says Brandi Haga-Blackman, Events Manager of the Downtown Tucson Partnership. “It draws people from all walks of life together for a very memorable event.”

The holiday fun starts at 4 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 20th, with a Holiday Festival at Armory Park, featuring food trucks, carnival games, live music, a performance from Puppets Amongus, and Congolese women singing songs representing represent unity, community and hope in their native language. Then join Mayor Jonathan Rothschild for a very special tree lighting, also at Armory Park.

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Time lapse shot from the 2013 Downtown Parade of Lights.

The Downtown Parade of Lights kicks off at 6:30 p.m. sharp, starting at 17th St. and Stone Ave., heading north to Ochoa, east to 6th Ave., concluding at Armory Park, where the parade winners will be announced. The best views are from Armory Park, Children’s Museum Tucson, St. Augustine Cathedral, and all along the route.

The 20th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights will take place on December 20th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. through the streets of the Historic Armory Park Neighborhood. For a photo gallery from past parades, visit For more information on the Parade of Lights, contact Brandi Haga-Blackman at Direct all media inquiries to Caitlin Jensen, 971.0905.

The Downtown Parade of Lights, presented by Carondelet St. Mary’s and produced by the Downtown Tucson Partnership, is made possible through the support of partners My92.9, 93.7 KRQ, KXCI, Arizona Daily Star, Mister Car Wash, Tucson News Now, Tierra Antigua Downtown, and Wendy’s.

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.