The holiday season officially starts at the Festival of Lights Parade in East Peoria Saturday

Parade starts at 5:45 p.m. Saturday
Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 5:47 PM CST
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - The Parade of Lights is tomorrow and all of the lighted floats are ready to go! This is the 37th Festival of Lights Parade, and they are coming off an award winning year in 2020 where they were the “Heavyweights Winner” for ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Flight.

The parade will begin at 5:45 p.m. at the intersection of Washington Street and Dolans Lane. You can expect to see the real-life sized Clydesdales that took over a year to construct, the steam engine which is the longest float at 160 feet long and 65,000 lights, and an old favorite float that was brought back to life, the toy train!

Public Relations Coordinator Jill Peterson said, “When people come to the festival of lights, we are guaranteed to give them a million sparkles of excitement. Some of these floats have anywhere from just a couple of thousand lights on them to up to thirty thousand lights. So when you add them all together it truly is a million lights -- a million sparkles of light!”

There also is a special lighted surprise in store for those that attend, but if you miss the parade you can see the lights at Folepi’s Winter Wonderland from Thanksgiving night through January 2nd.

STREET CLOSURES FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: From 4 p.m. Friday, November 19th to 4 p.m. Monday, November 22nd, Springfield Road will be closed from its intersection with Taylor Street and North Main Street. The Festival of Lights Parade is Saturday, November 20th at 5:45 p.m., and Taylor Street and roads along the Washington Street route of the Parade of Lights will be closed at 5:30 p.m.. You can still access the CVS Pharmacy and Long John Silver’s/A&W restaurants located at Springfield Rd and North Main Street.

You can visit the East Peoria Festival of Lights Facebook page for more information on parking. Click here for the Parade Route Map.

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