On November 22, the GM Financial Parade of Lights will be held for the 38th year in Downtown Fort Worth. This year’s “Hope and Joy for the Holidays”-themed parade will look quite different due to the pandemic, taking place inside the Fort Worth Convention Center in front of a virtual audience, and broadcast locally and on the Parade of Lights’ Facebook page.
The holiday spirit will continue over the next two days (November 23-24) with the “Downtown Showcase of Floats,” where approximately 20 signature parade floats will be displayed along Main Street for in-person (but socially distanced) photo opportunities, along with holiday music.
Prior to November 22, Downtown Fort Worth will host a virtual “Holidays at Home” float building contest, encouraging folks at home to construct their own illuminated floats and submit a video of their float online (submission details will be available soon online. A panel of judges will review all entries, and the best of the best will be featured in a special video that will air during Sunday’s parade broadcast.
“Even during these trying times, we want to offer a beautiful sparkling treat for the community,” said Eddie Broussard, chair of Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. (DFWII). “We’re proud that viewers can enjoy the GM Financial Parade of Lights at home via a fully-produced TV and online broadcast, while the new ‘Downtown Showcase of Floats’ will allow families to take festive photos, listen to music, and kick off the holiday season in Downtown Fort Worth in a safe and socially distanced way.”
What began in 1983 with 25 floats has grown to become the largest holiday parade in Texas and one of Fort Worth’s most beloved holiday traditions.