The Electric Light Parade welcomes the holiday season in the capital city with lighted floats and the arrival of Santa. The Electric Light Parade steps off at 6 p.m. at the corner of Lenawee Street and South Washington Square. More than sixty units and several high school marching bands will sparkle with thousands of lights as they make their way through the streets of downtown Lansing.
The participating high school marching bands will compete for the Best Illuminated Band awards during the parade. Awards are given in two categories: large band and small band. The high school bands that are most well-lit in each category will win $500 courtesy of the Lansing Board of Water and Light and a $500 gift card to Marshall Music, courtesy of Marshall Music. The parade is proudly sponsored by IBEW Local #665 and NECA.
The deadline for the 2019 event was September 1, 2019. Electric Light Parade applications for the 2020 event will be available on July 1, 2020.
This year’s Grand Marshal will be announced in the fall!
While 2019 is the 23rd Electric Light Parade, it is only the sixth year the parade has welcomed a Grand Marshal. In 2014, Mickey Mouse traveled from Walt Disney World Resorts in Florida to serve as the first ever Grand Marshal, in 2015 singer/songwriter Joshua Davis served as the Grand Marshal, in 2016 Todd Duckett was the Grand Marshal, in 2017 MSU’s Sparty was Grand Marshal and in 2018 the Detroit Lions Cheerleaders and Roary served as Grand Marshals.
Capital Area District Libraries
Color Guard of USMC
Consumers Professional Credit Union
Fire & Rice
Free Shrugs Improv
Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes
Great Lakes Christian College
Greater Lansing Old Newsboys Association
Hager Fox Heating and Air Conditioning Co.
IBEW #665 & NECA
Lansing Board of Water and Light
Lansing Community College
Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority
Lansing Fire Department
Lansing Police Department-Gang Resistance Education and Training
Lansing Police Department-Neighborhood Watch
League of Michigan Bicyclists
Magnacharge Battery USA
Michigan Army National Guard
Michigan Department of Transportation
Michigan State University Rodeo Club
Mike Childers and Sons Excavating
Miracle League of Mid-Michigan/Sponsor LaFontaine Ford
Mobile Medical Response
Mr. Winter Services
Northside Service Inc.
Peacock Road Tree Farm
Penway Church of God
Petoskey Steel Drum Band
R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
Service Master Absolute
SERVPRO of Eaton, Clinton & Gratiot Counties, and Lansing and Holt
Simplified Tax and Accounting
Sohn Linen Service
Todd Martin Youth Leadership
Turner Dodge House
Two Men and a Truck
US Workvan Inc.
WILX News 10
Bath High School Marching Band
Corunna High School Marching Band
Eastern High School Marching Band
Eaton Rapids High School Marching Band
Everett High School Marching Band
Holt High School Marching Band
Lansing Catholic High School Marching Band
Pewamo Westphalia High School Marching Band
Sexton High School Marching Band
St. Johns High School Marching Band
Waverly High School Marching Band
A spectacular fireworks display will cascade over the Capitol dome following the lighting of the State tree and Community Sing.
The Silver Bells Village is the perfect place to start your holiday shopping, get some refreshments or purchase your Silver Bells commemorative ornament. The Village is made up of vendors from throughout Michigan and is located on the 100 block of E. Allegan Street between South Washington Square and Grand Avenue.
Baked goods, crochet, home decor, baby and kids, gifts, bath & body, jewelry and books.
Homemade baked goods and sweets
Novelty balloons and light up toys
Tamales and authentic Mexican cuisine
Handmade hats, socks, and yarn from Happy Goat Lucky Ewe Farm
Gourmet salad dressings
Michigan made salsas with all natural ingredients
Artisan, made from scratch, breads without preservatives
Handmade bows, beanie hats, headbands and barrettes
Chocolate covered bacon and bacon on a stick
Pizza by the slice
Homemade fudge and baked goods
Baked goods and sweets
Kettle corn and flavored popcorn
2019 commemorative ornaments hand-crafted by Tiffany Marie of La Fille Gallery
Hand poured soy candles. Custom engraved mugs and tumblers
Homemade Sweet Potato Pies