PHOENIX - Dozens of entries with hundreds of thousands of lights will brighten the streets of central Phoenix on Saturday, December 7 when the APS Fiesta of Light Electric Light Parade returns for the 27th straight year.
ABC15 is a proud sponsor of the annual tradition, and if you aren't able to attend the parade in person, you can watch it from your living room Sunday, December 8 at 4pm on ABC15!
Entries for the 2013 parade will be interpreting the theme "Wild West Holiday Roundup."
If you're able to take part in the evening, the parade gets under way at 7 p.m along Central Avenue at Montebello (just south of Bethany Home Road). The floats and entries then heads south to Camelback Road, turn east to 7th Street and follows along 7thStreet south to the end point at Indian School Road.
Spectators are welcome to line the streets anywhere they can find a spot along the route!
Comprehensive event information is online at phoenix.gov/parks or by phone at 602-534-FEST.
Below are some tips for those planning on attending the Electric Light Parade:
-Consider taking Light Rail to the event and avoiding traffic congestion. The parade route runs right next to the Light Rail stop on Central Avenue, just south of Camelback.
-The parade is a rain or shine event. Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.
-Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating.
-Crowds for this event have grown very large in recent years; if spectators arrive at the parade route within 45 minutes of the start, please respect the viewing positions of those that arrived earlier and take a position along the rear edge of the crowd.
-Spectators should try to minimize and gather any trash and litter generated during the parade to ease cleanup after the event.
-Coolers are permitted, though alcohol and glass containers are not allowed.
-Viewing spots along the parade route are first-come-first-served. Spectators often start arriving three or more hours before parade time to reserve spots.
-Parking is available on city streets around the parade route and also is on a first-come-first-served basis. Private lots near the parade area often offer parking for a fee.
Parade lovers also can come out during parade judging on Friday, Dec. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the event staging area at North Phoenix Baptist Church to see all motorized entries lit up for official review. Students from Arizona State University's College of Public Programs will be on hand that night with free kids activities, and children also can visit with Santa. Visitors to the judging can enter the staging area at the church parking lot entrance on Montebello Road just east of Central Avenue.