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APS Electric Light Parade Spreads Holiday Cheer Dec. 7 APS Electric Light Parade Spreads Holiday Cheer Dec. 7 <div class="ExternalClass0D07626DF642425E96898A6549A297B8"><p class="ExternalClass0EA3E715C5864A9A9CAA4AADF2A11A65">​More than 90 entries displaying hundreds of thousands of lights will brighten and bring holiday cheer to the streets of central Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 7 when the <a href="/parks/elp"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">APS Electric Light Parade</span></a>, presented by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, returns for its 33rd edition. This year, entrants will interpret the theme "Walking in a Desert Wonderland" and Beth McDonald from 99.9 KEZ will serve as grand marshal.<br></p><p class="ExternalClass0EA3E715C5864A9A9CAA4AADF2A11A65">The parade starts at 7 p.m. on Central Ave. at Montebello Ave. (just south of Bethany Home Rd.), heads south to Camelback Rd., where it turns east to 7th St., where it turns south to the endpoint at Indian School Rd. An interactive parade route map and comprehensive event information is available at <a href="/parks/elp"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Phoenix.gov/ELP</span></a>. Attendees are 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 class="ExternalClass0EA3E715C5864A9A9CAA4AADF2A11A65">The following road closures will be in effect from 5 to 11 p.m. on the day of the parade.</p><p class="ExternalClass0EA3E715C5864A9A9CAA4AADF2A11A65">Central Ave. - Camelback Rd. to Bethany Home Rd.<br>7th St. - Indian School to Osborn Rd.<br>Camelback Rd. - 1st Ave. to 7th St.</p><p class="ExternalClass0EA3E715C5864A9A9CAA4AADF2A11A65">Parade enthusiasts also may come out during judging and pre-parade activities on Friday, Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for the popular Parade Preview Event at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave., when all motorized entries will be lit up for official review. This event is designed for families to see the floats close-up during judging. Arizona State University Special Event Management Program students will present the International Children's Festival, a free interactive area where youth can play games, do arts and crafts, learn about how different countries celebrate the holidays and see Santa Claus.</p><p class="ExternalClass0EA3E715C5864A9A9CAA4AADF2A11A65">This year's parade is made possible thanks to the support of many sponsors and partners, including <span style="text-decoration:underline;">APS</span>, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">North Phoenix Baptist Church</span>, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Arizona Diamondbacks</span>, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Arizona Cardinals</span>, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Phoenix Suns</span>, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Fiesta Bowl</span>, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">IBEW Local 387</span>, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investments</span>, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">ABC15 Arizona</span>, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">99.9 ​KEZ</span>, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Palo Verde Generating Station</span>, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Census 2020</span> and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Courtesy Ch​​evrolet</span>.</p><p class="ExternalClass0EA3E715C5864A9A9CAA4AADF2A11A65"> <strong>Helpful tips for those planning to attend this year's parade:</strong></p><div class="ExternalClass0EA3E715C5864A9A9CAA4AADF2A11A65"><ul><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 Ave., just south of Camelback Rd.</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, but alcohol and glass containers are prohibited.</li></ul></div></div>12/2/2019 8:45:00 PMGregg Bach, 602-262-4994Parks and Recreation Department602-262-6862