Parade of Lights ready to start the season

GM Financial float

This Sunday’s Parade of Lights in Downtown Fort Worth has new festivities to offer along with more than a hundred floats, giant balloons and half a million illuminating lights.

As the floats prepare to and then ride down the 1.59-mile parade route, the “Sounds of the Season” musical performance will entertain the attendees.

The performance is curated by Hear Fort Worth, an initiative to promote local music. Five local entertainers will perform 15-minute sets as they travel block-to-block on mobile holiday-themed platforms, sponsored by Sundance Square.

Participating artists include Grady Spencer & the Work, Danni and Kris, DJ Soft Cherry, Jack Barksdale, and The Squeezebox Bandits.

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The performances will begin at 4:40 p.m.

Near the corner of Weatherford Street on Main Street, a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, dressed for the season in a red metallic tint coat, will be on display for viewers. The new, redesigned sports car is yet to come out in the market.

The parade is scheduled to officially start at 6 p.m.

It will proceed east along Weatherford Street turn south on Commerce Street to 9th Street. At 9th Street, the parade will proceed west to Houston Street, turning north on Houston Street to 2nd Street. The parade will then go west to Throckmorton Street, then turn south and conclude at 3rd and Throckmorton Streets.

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As the parade takes on the streets, several streets and highway ramps will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Portions of Weatherford, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Taylor, Lamar, Burnett, Cherry and Florence Streets will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. Spur 280 from Interstate 35 will close at 4 p.m. Belknap, Henderson, and North Main Streets will remain open to traffic during the parade.

Both TEXRail and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will be operating special Sunday service trains on the day of the parade, transporting attendees to and from Fort Worth Central Station, located just two blocks from the parade route.

GM Financial is the parade’s title sponsor. Bell Helicopter and Atmos Energy are the float sponsors. While Karen and Larry Anfin are sponsoring the Mayor’s float.

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Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is the parade producer.

For those unable to attend this year, the GM Financial Parade of Lights will be broadcasted live on KTXA-TV/Texas 21, and also via live stream on the official Parade of Lights’ Facebook page: