Families, local school groups, marching bands, civic organizations, neighborhoods, dance troupes, and businesses are all welcome to participate in the parade (see the entry categories below) and add to the pageantry of the Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony. This event helps to bring our community together to kick-off the holidays.
Interested in participating in the 2013 Parade of Lights? Sign-ups are now being accepted for parade entries - floats, walking groups, dancing groups, vehicles, marching bands and more!
Entries deadline is Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 5pm or when all entry space is reserved. ALL PARADE SPACES ARE FULL(as of August 28, 2013)
**ALL ENTRIES NOW SUBMITTED WILL BE PLACED ON A WAIT LIST**
Entry Sign-Up Procedure
1. Read the Parade Entry Brochure for all dates, rules and regulations
2. Complete the Parade Entry Brochure Application or the Parade Entry Online Application
3. Wait for the entry confirmation to be sent via email to Parade Entry contact person.
- all further details will be provided to Parade Entry contact person by email or phone
4. A Wait List will be available for entries should space fill up
RETURNING THIS YEAR - the parade will start at the corner of Arizona Avenue and Frye Road!
The remaining portion of the route will remain the same - north to Buffalo Street, east to Arizona Place and south to Boston Street
Are you interested in volunteering? We have a great opportunity for anyone who needs community service hours or just want to help out a great event. Volunteer opportunities range from setting up, parade banner holder, activity booths or helping guests with event information.
Sign up today by clicking on this ICON and filling out the form in minutes!
The Parade of Lights is continually seeking interested individuals, organizations and companies who want to sponsor our great festival with either in-kind services or monetary donations. The benefits of being a sponsor range from on-stage logo recognition and announcements during the festival to name and/or logo recognition on flyers, posters, postcards, websites, press releases, festival program, and much more. Benefits vary based on sponsorship levels. For more information on becoming a sponsor, please call 480.782.2665, email Hermelinda.Llamas@chandleraz.gov, or review our sponsorship package.
Guests attending the event are strongly encouraged to arrive early to find parking. There are several locations to park at throughout the Downtown area. Please visit the parking map and suggested routes to access each parking site. **Please be aware that Arizona Ave. will be closed from Chandler Blvd. to Frye Rd. from approximately 3:30 pm to 10 pm.
-- Parking Map (pdf)
Disabled Parking Services
Guests arriving for the event in need of disabled parking will be able to use the lot provided for them. Parking is located on the corner of Boston St. and San Marcos Place. Please Note: there is limited disabled parking. It is a first-come availability.
Road closures will take place for this event. Please make sure to plan accordingly and how to move around the area.
Streets to be Closed - Beginning at 6:00 am
San Marcos Place at Buffalo St
San Marcos Place on the south side of Commonwealth Ave
Commonwealth Ave on the east side of the Alley (west of San Marcos Place)
Arizona Place at Buffalo St
Arizona Place at Boston St.
No Street Parking along Arizona Ave from Chandler Blvd. to Frye Rd.
Streets to be Closed - Beginning at 3:30 pm
Arizona Ave. at Chandler Blvd. to Frye Rd.
Frye Rd. at Arizona Ave to Delaware St.
Washington St. at Elgin St. to Frye Rd.
Buffalo St & Washington St west side at parking structure
Boston St & west of First Credit Union Parking Structure Entrance (Closest to the Senior Center)
Washington St. at City Hall parking structure to Frye Rd.
Washington St. & Chicago St north side and west side
Chicago St & Wall St east side
Boston St & Arizona Ave west side
Buffalo St & Oregon St east side (hotel entrance open)
Streets to be Closed - Beginning at 6:30 pm
Frye Rd. at Arizona Ave west side with a single right turn lane only
Arizona Ave at Frye Rd. south side
Arizona Ave. northbound traffic detour at Elgin for east or west bound traffic to Frye Rd.
Parade Entry Categories
All entries have the option of being judged before the parade begins. Please review the categories carefully and choose only one that best suits your entry. All entries will be automatically considered for Judge’s Choice and a new category this year -- Pride of Chandler: All-America City!
Best Lit Musical or Dance Group
Best Lit Community Group
Best Lit Automotive Group
Best Lit Business Entry
Best Lit Animal Entry
Best Lit Mascot
Biggest and Brightest
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