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APS Electric Light Parade Rolls Thru Central Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 2APS Electric Light Parade Rolls Thru Central Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 2<div class="ExternalClassEC90DA8825D449F6A4FED3380907E65D"><p>Dozens of entries displaying hundreds of thousands of lights will brighten and bring holiday cheer to the streets of Central Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 2 when the <a href="/parks/elp" target="_blank">APS Electric Light Parade</a>, presented by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, returns for its 31st year. Entries for the 2017 parade will interpret the theme "Winter Nights, Dazzling Lights" and Disney's Minnie Mouse will have the honor of serving as grand marshal.</p><p>The parade starts at 7 p.m. on Central Avenue at Montebello Avenue (just south of Bethany Home Road), heads south to Camelback Road, where it turns east to 7th Street where it turns south to the end point at Indian School Road. An interactive parade route map and comprehensive event information is available at <a href="/parks/elp" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">phoenix.gov/elp</span></a>. The public is encouraged to use the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23phxlightparade&ref_src=twsrc%5etfw" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">#PhxLightParade</span></a> on social media to interact and stay informed.</p><p><a href="/streetssite/Pages/Planned-Street-Restrictions.aspx" target="_blank">View APS Electric Light Parade road closure information</a></p><p>Parade lovers also may come out during judging and pre-parade activities on Friday, Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave., when all motorized entries will be lit up for official review. Attendees can get an up-close view of many of the floats and participate in a variety of free holiday themed activities in Santa's Village, hosted by students of Arizona State University's Recreation Management Program.</p><p>The parade is made possible thanks to the support of many sponsors and partners, including APS, North Phoenix Baptist Church, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Fiesta Bowl, IBEW 387, Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investments, Illumination Symphony of Light, ABC15 Arizona, 99.9 KEZ, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Palo Verde Generating Station.</p><p><strong>Helpful tips for those planning to attend this year's </strong><strong>APS</strong><strong> Electric Light Parade:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Consider taking <a href="http://www.valleymetro.org/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Valley Metro Light Rail</span></a> to the event to avoid traffic congestion. The parade route runs near the Light Rail stop at Central Avenue, just south of Camelback Road.</li><li>The parade is a rain or shine event. Check the <a href="https://weather.com/weather/today/l/USAZ0166:1:US" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">weather forecast</span></a> and dress accordingly.</li><li>Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating.</li><li>Crowds for this event have grown large in recent years, and viewing spots along the parade route are first-come, first-served. Spectators often start arriving three or more hours prior to parade time to reserve a spot.</li><li>Parking is available on city streets around the parade route and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Private lots near the parade area often offer parking for a fee.</li><li>Spectators should try to minimize and gather any trash and litter generated during the parade to ease post-event cleanup.</li><li>Coolers are permitted, however, alcohol and glass containers are prohibited.</li></ul></div>11/29/2017 9:45:00 PMParks and Recreation Department602-262-6862