Volunteer for the Parade
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! Check out the volunteer position descriptions here, and then register to volunteer.
Tips for the Grand Illumination Parade
Get ready to make the most of the Grand Illumination Parade with these insider tips that will help you create unforgettable memories during this annual holiday tradition.
About the Parade
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. The theme of this year's parade is "Gingerbread Dreams", so get ready to see all the magic of the holidays come alive in the streets of Downtown Norfolk.
Day of Parade Information
The Grand Illumination Parade is a beloved holiday tradition for many in Hampton Roads. Let us help you have the best experience by answering some of your questions.
How to Get to Downtown Norfolk
Planning to join us at the 37th Annual Grand Illumination Parade in Downtown Norfolk? We'll tell you how to get here!
Support the Grand Illumination Parade
As a Friend of Holidays in the City, your contribution helps to support the behind-the-scenes work producing the Grand Illumination Parade, ensuring a successful and magical event experience for all attendees.