It's become another great Sioux Falls holiday tradition, the Downtown Sioux Falls Parade of Lights. The 27th Annual Parade of Lights event is accepting registrations now until November 2, 2018, at 5 pm. This years parade is scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 23 starting at 7:30 pm on Phillips Avenue from 13th Street to 5th Street. You can download a parade registration form at

DTSF Program Director, Steven Dahlmeier says: "Seeing the wide variety of floats showcases the creativity and passion of the organizations, businesses, church groups, or families participating. Making floats and being in the parade has become a just as much a tradition as the people attending every year."

All registered Parade floats are eligible for six different awards, judged by a panel of community leaders. Winners will each receive a trophy commemorating their achievement. The six 2018 awards are:

  • Best Use of Lights
  • Best Workmanship
  • Spirit of Sioux Falls
  • Mayor’s Choice
  • Downtown Sioux Falls Award
  • New This Year: First Bank & Trust Hometown Pride Award

Float awards will be presented at the Parade of Lights After Party & Awards Ceremony at the Holiday Inn City Centre following the parade at approximately 8:30 p.m. The free event is open to the public and will feature festive holiday lighting, free cookies and cider, and a cash bar.

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