Parade kicks off the holidays in Colorado Springs

November 2, 2017 by  

Residents of Colorado Springs know when the holidays start officially – when the Festival of Lights Parade rolls through the city, with Santa himself arriving at the end of the spectacle.

Today’s parade route is down Tejon Street, and depending on the weather, as many as 60,000 people line it, according to an article in The Gazette, making it the biggest single-day event held in Colorado Springs.

The executive director of the parade, Terry P. Collinson, said the parade is “the only one of its kind—a lighted night parade,” adding that people enjoy coming downtown to have fun at night. For many families, it has become a tradition; they were brought to see the parade when they were young, and now they bring their children.

The theme of this year’s parade is ‘Through the Eyes of a Child’. The event will have over 3,000 participants and 79 floats, and features Master Sergeant Israel Del Toro as the Grand Marshal. Del Toro suffered severe injuries in Afghanistan over 12 years ago, but returned to duty even after he was found to be 100% disabled. Collinson said the parade officials felt Del Toro deserved to be Grand Marshal.

This year is the 33rd time the parade will roll. It is always the first Saturday in December, which means it takes place today.

Festive events like this can be even more fun if officials create banners to decorate the venue.