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38th Annual Grand Illumination Parade

Saturday, November 23, 2024

This year's theme is RETRO WONDERLAND!

The Grand Illumination Parade takes place every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, bringing thousands of spectators out to the streets of Downtown Norfolk to take in the beauty, magic, and electric holiday spirit to kick off the season.

Apply to be in the Parade  

This year, the Grand Illumination Parade is revving up for a trip down memory lane, transforming Downtown Norfolk into a Retro Wonderland! Whether you've got a herd of reindeer pulling a vintage sleigh, a troupe of dancers channeling the spirit of the Sugar Plum Fairy, or a classic car decked out in holiday cheer, the possibilities are endless!

Interested in participating? Click below to explore the different unit types.


Interested in Volunteering? 

There is no way we could produce the Grand Illumination Parade without the help of our dedicated volunteers. Many of our volunteers have been helping with the parade for decades, so it must be fun!

Sign up to be notified of volunteer opportunities.


Become a Parade Sponsor

As a sponsor, you have the incredible opportunity to be a part of this cherished holiday tradition and spread festive cheer to thousands of spectators. Imagine your brand twinkling alongside classic Christmas characters, vintage decorations, and the heartwarming spirit of the season.

Click below to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and become a shining star in our Retro Wonderland spectacle.