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Be Part of the Grand Illumination Parade!

This year's parade theme Retro Wonderland celebrates the classic Christmas charm of yesteryear, filled with vintage vibes, twinkling lights, and holiday cheer for the whole family.

Ready to apply and be part of an unforgettable Retro Wonderland experience?

Find your unit type below and click on the links to apply for this year's parade!

Animal Unit Application

Unleash Your Furry Fun!

Do you have a pack of playful pups ready to pawty? This application is for any rescue organization or pet enthusiast club with holiday spirit. Dress up your pups in their pointiest elf hats, deck out your feline friends in dazzling holiday attire, or create a dazzling reindeer brigade inspired by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Apply to bark the halls!


Float Application

Floating in a Retro Wonderland!

Are you a creative mind and holiday cheer engineer? This application is for groups, businesses, and creatives that want to be a part of our parade with a float that will light up the night. Whether you recreate a classic Christmas scene, build a giant snow globe filled with dancing elves, or bring your favorite vintage characters to life, the possibilities are endless.

Float on over and apply!


Community Band Unit Application

Let the Music Take Over!

Calling all university, military, and community bands! The Grand Illumination Parade is taking a trip down memory lane to a Retro Wonderland, and we want your musical stylings to be part of the journey! Get ready to belt out classic holiday tunes, or put a jazzy spin on your favorite carols.

Apply to bring the holiday hits!


High School Marching Band Unit Application

Strike Up the Retro Tunes!

Attention high school marching bands, majorettes, color guards, and drill teams! This application is for any and all high school bands with vibrant energy and the musical talents to fill the streets! Dust off your Santa hats, practice your holiday tunes, and get ready to march into a night of dazzling lights and festive cheer.

Apply to turn up the volume!


Motorized Unit Application

Rev Up Your Retro Ride!

This one is for all the classic car enthusiasts, lowrider aficionados, and out-of-the-box vehicle creators! The Grand Illumination Parade is cruising into a Retro Wonderland, and we want your unique and dazzling vehicles to join the ride! Deck out your classic jalopies in holiday cheer, transform your motorcycles into reindeer, or create a fantastical vehicle straight out of a vintage Christmas cartoon.

Apply to cruise down memory lane!


Walking & Performance Unit Application

Get Your Groove On Foot!

Carolers, dancers, theatrical troupes, and anyone with a holiday hustle! Strut your stuff in a retro wonderland extravaganza! This application is for carolers, dancers, theatrical troupes, and any groups with a holiday hustle! Think sparkling costumes inspired by vintage Christmas cards, a troupe of tap dancers channeling the Rockettes, or a group of carolers belting out classic holiday tunes.

Lace up your dancing shoes and apply!


Equestrian Unit Application

Saddle Up for a Holly Jolly Ride!

Cowboys, cowgirls, and reindeer riders - ready your saddles! We're galloping back to a Retro Wonderland, and we want your majestic steeds to join the ride! Deck out your horses in festive attire, create a dazzling sleigh pulled by a team of misfit reindeer, or simply trot along in classic holiday style.

Apply and saddle up for a holly jolly parade!


Can't participate but still want to spread holiday cheer?

Become a sponsor or sign up to volunteer!

We appreciate your support in making this year's parade a truly unforgettable experience!