Phoenix Electric Light Parade Shines Again

The 24th annual Phoenix Electric Light Parade is tonight beginning at 7pm. The parade route is just over 2 miles long and thousands of people will line the city streets of Phoenix to watch this very cool holiday tradition. People can bring blankets and chairs for their viewing pleasure. You might want to arrive early for the best spots to watch the electric light parade, as people tend to begin arriving a few hours early to grab some prime real estate along the route.

Hundreds of thousands of lights will brighten our night as floats, bands, and a bunch of great holiday entertainment make up the 2010 Phoenix Electric Light Parade.

The Phoenix Electric Light Parade begins at 7 p.m. on Central Avenue at Montebello (just south of Bethany Home Road). The parade then heads south on Central to Camelback, where it will turn east to 7th Street, where it will turn south and end at Indian School Road.

If you are attending the 2010 parade, please consider bringing at least one canned food item. APS volunteers will be collecting canned goods along the parade route just prior to the event and immediately after. If you don’t see one of the parade volunteers, you can leave canned food donations in one of two collection boxes, one at Seventh Street and Camelback Road and another at North Phoenix Baptist Church at Bethany Home Road and Central Avenue.

Some Phoenix Electric Light Parade tips are:

  • Consider taking Light Rail to the event and avoiding traffic congestion. The parade route runs right next to the Light Rail stop on Central Avenue, just south of Camelback.
  • The parade is a rain or shine event. Keep an eye on the weather and dress accordingly.
  • Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.
  • Coolers are permitted, though alcohol and glass containers are not allowed.
  • Viewing spots along the parade route are first-come-first-served. Spectators often start arriving three hours before parade time to reserve spots.

Parking is available on city streets around the parade route and also is on a first-come-first-served basis. Private lots near the parade area often offer parking for a fee.

I have a map of the Phoenix Electric Light Parade below. The city of Phoenix encourages people to ride the light rail to the electric light parade as it is a quick and easy way to eliminate some of your parking hassles. METRO typically does a great job in running at a higher capacity during large events like this. You can purchase a light rail pass for just $3.50 and use one of the FREE park and ride lots. Remember, kids 5 and under ride the light rail for free. Locations of the park and ride lots are on the map as well, or you can visit our map of the Phoenix light rail line.

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If you are looking for a great place to grab some holiday cheer or a good cup of coffee before or after the Phoenix Electric Light Parade, take a look at this map that has some of our favorite spots.

Have a great night!

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