Recap: Parade of Lights


Jaiden Flowers

After missing a year due to COVID, the beloved Parade of Lights returned to downtown Colorado Springs on Tejon Street. The parade has been a community tradition for years now, and is enjoyed by many. It is a signature event on the first Saturday of December, and it is one of the largest holiday celebrations in Colorado. There were multiple bands that played during the parade and much of the town came out to enjoy music and time with friends and family with the main attraction being the wonderful variety of lights. The parade brought the community together with people from all backgrounds coming down to enjoy the scenery and have a great time.

The parade attracts around 60,000 attendees, and this year was no different. Some downtown streets were blocked off to make room for floats and those who planned on attending. Local businesses decorated their stores with lights and ornaments to match the occasion. All of downtown Colorado Springs was glistening with bright lights. The Palmer marching band came out to the festival to play their music.  For most people, the parade gets them in the mood for winter and spending time with family. People want to get out and have fun and there’s no better way to do that than coming down to the festival. The parade was truly missed and we can all say that we were glad to have it back.