The lights at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Fort Worth Texas' Sundance Square, as the Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights is set to illuminate the downtown area.  First staged in 1983, the parade was designed to celebrate family and togetherness in a spirited way to kick off the holiday season. From fairly humble beginnings, the parade has grown to be one of the top illuminated parades in the country. For the 31st annual parade the theme will be "Our Christmas Traditions" as over 100 fully illuminated floats and countless area bands and performing groups parade down Fort Worth's Main Street.

The parade is traditionally scheduled for the Friday after Thanksgiving-November 29th this year-and will begin at 6 pm. The Holiday Fun Zone opens at 2:00 pm with entertainment, holiday-themed crafts for the kids, and delicious food and coffee. The lighting of the Sundance Square Christmas Tree will take place immediately following the parade. Bring your chair to General Worth Square to see a special viewing of the holiday movie, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" starring Jim Carrey.

Things to Know:

•  Admission to the parade is free, but spectators are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Cowboy Santas who will be collecting throughout the parade route
•  Reserved seats can be purchased from the Parade of Lights website, allowing you to hold your seat while you enjoy the Holiday Fun Zone. Family Four Packs of tickets are available for purchase.  These tickets are well worth the cost and really enhance the enjoyment of the parade.
•  TRE transportation is available for free after 4:00 pm, and saves the hassle of finding parking and navigating through the after parade traffic.

For more information, visit the Parade of Lights Website

Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights 

[Photo:  Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights on Facebook]