Parade of Lights



The Downtown Tucson Partnership is proud to welcome the community to celebrate the holiday season with the 24th Annual Parade of Lights & Festival! The Parade of Lights & Festival is Downtown Tucson’s premier holiday event that brings together the entirety of the local community from all walks of life to celebrate not just the spirit of the Winter season, but also the unique culture of the Tucson community. In a grand scale procession throughout an illuminated and decorated downtown, attendees can expect to see a cavalcade of colorful floats, Baile Folkloriko dancers adorned with brilliant lights, marching mariachis, and even parading pups! The parade is also adjacent to a fantastic festival in Jácome Plaza, which includes live entertainment, a veritable smorgasbord of foods from local vendors, and SNOW! Be sure not to miss what has become a long-standing Tucson holiday tradition. The parade this year is set on Saturday, December 15th, 2018 and will proceed starting from the intersection of Church Avenue and Alameda Street throughout the core of downtown, weaving through the illuminated trees and buildings.



2017 Award Winners: 

Grand Marshal’s Award (Best Entry Overall) $500 Award – City of Tucson, Parks & Recreation
Pioneer Award (Best Historical or Cultural Theme) $250 Award – Grupo Folklorico Los Amigos
Holiday Spirit Award (Best Use of Lights) $250 Award – Old Pueblo Vintage Fire Brigade 
Harmony Award (Best Musical Group) $250 Award – Mariachi Los Giros
Bright Horizon Award (Best Youth Group) $250 Award – John Valenzuela Youth Center

Honorable Mention – Tow-Mater as Rudolph


Day of Parade News Coverage:

Parade of lights and festival draws thousands to Downtown Tucson

23rd Parade of Lights introduces new features

Photos: 2017 Parade of Lights