Taryn DeStasio - MRH Faculty
The Great, Bright Lights
By Sasha S.
If you or your family and friends are looking for a free, lively Christmas activity to do, then head down to Denver and watch the Parade of Lights. The parade is on Saturday, December 4th, and starts at 6 P.M. You are able to watch the parade on the sidewalks of Downtown Denver.
The Parade of Lights has been a tradition since 1975. When this started, there weren’t that many people that watched, only small groups of families. Now, more than half a million people gather on the sidewalks of Downtown Denver to watch the passing parade. This year is the 47th anniversary of the parade. Last year, due to COVID-19, the parade only had eight floats and was very different from the parades of old. This year, there will be 40 floats, marching bands, and dancers. The marching bands in the parade are all high school bands, and they will all be competing in a marching band contest.
The Parade of Lights is free to attend, however, you are able to purchase VIP seating. The most expensive option is the “VIP Parade Cabana,” and it costs $1,500. The perks of purchasing the cabana is it seats 10 people, or 15 people standing, and food is also available for purchase. The second most expensive option is the “VIP Standing Room Only Ticket,” and that costs $40. When buying this, you get to view the parade from a live telecast zone, and food is available for purchase as well. The last option is the “Children VIP Standing Room Only Ticket,” and this costs $30. This is for children between the ages of two and 12 years old, and children under two are free.
If you’re looking for a fun festivity to do with your family and friends, or alone, then the Parade of lights is the place for you.