East Peoria Parade of Lights 2016

    East Peoria Festival of Lights Parade 2015: Photo courtesy of The City of East Peoria

    Saturday, November 19th at 5:45 P.M.

    Since I can remember, my family has attended the annual Festival of Lights Parade. Although the temperatures might be low, there is so much joy and warmth in the air. This year East Peoria welcomes the 32nd annual parade. Per usual, the East Peoria area will out do themselves with the extravagant LED light display. Some floats displaying upwards of 90,000 lights. People from near and far come to enjoy the display put on by local businesses in the surrounding areas. Each float is designed and funded by a company, organization, and even some families. They require months of organization. Some even begin planning the moment this years float is finished. This is an event you won’t want to miss.

    The annual Festival of Lights Parade will cover roughly 3 miles starting at the intersection of Washington Street and Dolans Lane. The parade will travel down Washington Street until it turns right onto Main Street. It will end at the intersection of Springfield Road and Main Street.


    Parade Route

    These floats are created from LED lights and contain upwards of 100,000 lights. These displays range anywhere from 3 feet to upwards up 95 feet.


    Handicap Parking:Ā Handicap parking will be available on Taylor Street from East Peoria Auto-body to Central Junior High School and in a city lot across from Midwest Engineering Associates in downtown East Peoria. These vehicles must have a handicap sticker, license plate, or dash-card. A limited number of these are available so please arrive early.


    Road Closures

    THE PARADE ROUTE WILL BE CLOSED AT 5:30 P.M. Both Washington Street exits and the Camp Street exit on Interstate 74 will also be closed to traffic during the parade.

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