About the Parade
Approximately 100,000 people visit the Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade annually, bringing a festive cheer and celebratory spirit to downtown Palm Springs. In addition to signature Macy's style floats, the parade features marching bands, performance groups, and holiday characters. Come wave to Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Snoopy, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus, enjoy the music of local marching bands, or appreciate the majesty of Clydesdale horses walking in rhythm to your favorite holiday tunes.
Parade Tips for the Most Holiday Fun
This year's 26th annual Festival of Lights parade will begin promptly at 5:45 pm at Ramon Road and Palm Canyon Drive, and will proceed northbound on Palm Canyon Drive. Don't be late - make sure to arrive at least an hour early to get the best parking and viewing spots! The Palm Springs Festival of Lights welcome guests of all mobility levels, and seating is available on a first come, first serve basis on the bleachers on Amado Road. Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome along the parade route. Make sure to bring a jacket, as the parade will be held rain or shine, and desert nights are very cool in the Coachella Valley.
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