37th ANNUAL 9NEWS PARADE OF LIGHTS
December 2nd and 3rd
You and your family are invited to the 37th Annual 9NEWS Parade of Lights, presented by American Furniture Warehouse and GO Automotive Group. This time honored event will again light up the streets of Downtown Denver with holiday cheer TODAY, December 2nd at 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 3rd at 6 p.m.
New 2011 Parade Viewing Information
In previous years, parade viewers have been allowed to walk through the staging area in which parade participants line up. This year, due to the growth in parade participants, parade viewers will not be permitted to walk through or stand in the staging area, which is bordered by Delaware Street and Broadway between 12th Avenue and Colfax and includes Civic Center Park. Please see parade street closures map for details.
Viewing along the two-mile parade route is FREE, or grandstand seats in front of the City and County Building are available for purchase. The parade route includes Tremont Place, 17th Street, Arapahoe Street and 15th Street. Visit the Parade of Lights website at www.DenverParadeofLights.com for more information on grandstand seating.
TODAY streets surrounding the parade route will be closed from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Streets surrounding the staging area in Civic Center Park, will be closed from 5:30 p.m. to midnight.
On Saturday, December, 3, streets surrounding the parade route will be closed from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Streets surrounding the staging area in Civic Center Park, will be closed from 3:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Please see parade street closures map for details.
TODAY, 9NEWS meteorologists predict “skies will become cloudy with very light snow possible by the end of the parade. Temperatures will hold in the middle 20s.”
Parade viewers will be entertained as more than forty entries march along the parade route, including:
- Four giant balloons
- 12 brilliantly lit floats
- Eight high school marching bands
- Colorado State University Marching Band (Today only)
- Beautiful horse drawn carriages
- Entertaining performances by a number of talented participants
Four giant helium balloons will tower over crowds this year. New to the parade is a 42’-long tiger. Popular balloons returning to the parade include Major Waddles (the parade’s penguin mascot), a playful puppy with a newspaper, and a red-nosed reindeer sure to delight children watching for the arrival of Santa.
The Parade’s 12 breathtaking floats are always an annual hit, and this year will include the following: Carousel, Christmas Story, Clock Tower, Elves and the Shoemaker, Gingerbread House, Jewelry Box Treasures, Mountain Magic, The Nutcracker, the Ship of Lights adorned entirely in energy efficient LED lights, Toy Box Friends, and Your Keys to the City featuring live music on two pianos. This year, Santa Claus will arrive on his sleigh high atop a beautiful new float from the North Pole.
Live Music and Performance
Eight of the best high school marching bands in the state will showcase their talents and compete for honors in Humana’s street parade competition, recognizing bands for both their holiday lighting presentation and music and marching abilities.
Participating bands include Arapahoe High School Warrior Marching Band, Columbine High School Rebel Marching Band, Denver Citywide Marching Band, Highlands Ranch High School Falcon Regiment, Lakewood High School Bengal Regiment, Legend High School Titan Marching Band, Mountain Range High School Mustang Marching Band, and Overland High School Marching Trailblazers. Colorado State University’s Marching Band, the Parade’s only collegiate marching band, will also perform (Today only).
This year’s 9NEWS Parade of Lights is proud to celebrate the cultural and ethnic diversity of the region by featuring the Boulder Samba School (Saturday only), Colorado Mestizo Dancers, Denver Taiko, Kusogea Nobi Drum Ensemble, and the Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Association (Today only).
In addition, special performers will enliven the parade every step of the way, including performances by both Colorado Fire Tribe and Revive Christian Dance. Returning this year is the Distinguished Clown Brigade (Today only), a group of local business executives who have made financial contributions to the parade and participated in clown training leading up to the event. On Saturday, four additional groups will appear including the Colorado Lowrider Alliance, the Colorado School of Dance, the Montbello Drum Line, and the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls.
Some of our favorite animals will make an appearance in the Parade, including the Samoyed Dogs from the Denver Samoyed Association, and the Colorado Disc Dogs who will perform tricks along the length of the parade route. To celebrate Colorado’s Western heritage, The Westernaires return along with an appearance by a trick roper from the National Western Stock Show.
Also featured in the parade are public safety professionals from the Black Hawk Fire Department, Denver Firefighters Local 858, Denver Health Paramedic Division, and the Denver Police Mounted Patrol.
2011 Parade of Lights Children’s Ambassador
Jake Jabs, President of American Furniture Warehouse and lifelong philanthropist, has been named the 2011 Children’s Ambassador for the 9NEWS Parade of Lights. Families representing Easter Seals Colorado and the MDA will accompany Mr. Jabs in his stagecoach as he rides in the Parade.
The Parade Needs Your Help!
For more than three decades, this dazzling holiday event has been one of Colorado’s biggest and brightest holiday traditions. Public donations are accepted to help preserve this free community event, produced by Downtown Denver Events, Inc., the non-profit organization that produces the parade each year. Before the parade each night, volunteers will walk along the parade route with a giant bank that looks like the parade’s penguin mascot, Major Waddles. When the volunteers come by, spectators are encouraged to make a donation to support the parade. Contributions may also be made online at www.DenverParadeOfLights.com or by texting PARADE to 27722 to make a $5 donation.
The 37th Annual 9NEWS Parade of Lights is presented by American Furniture Warehouse and GO Automotive Group in association with 5280 – The Denver magazine, Denver Post Charities Season to Share, KOSI 101, XFINITY, and the Downtown Denver Partnership. Supporting Sponsors of the Parade include the Colorado Ballet and KeyBank, Colorado State University, The Crazy Merchant, Inc., Faith Bible Chapel and the Archdiocese of Denver, Humana, Stay the Trail and the Responsible Recreation Foundation, Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agent, Wells Fargo and Xcel Energy.
Photographs from previous parades are available by request.
The Parade is produced by Downtown Denver Events, Inc. (DDE). DDE is the Downtown Denver Partnership family's community events non-profit organization that organizes and promotes public parades, festivals, concerts, exhibits and other events within the downtown Denver area.
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