Champaign's Parade of Lights set for Saturday

Champaign's Parade of Lights set for Saturday

The ninth annual Holiday Parade of Lights, sponsored by the Champaign Park District, will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

In case of bad weather, the parade will be postponed until 6 p.m. Sunday.

The parade route is slightly shorter this year, as it won't go around West Side Park. It will begin at Neil and Hill streets, then wind through downtown along Main, Walnut, Chester, Park, State and Church streets before ending with the annual tree-lighting ceremony in front of One Main downtown at 7 p.m.

The parade will include more than 50 entries -- a mix of lighted floats, antique cars, horse-drawn buggies, trucks and even groups of people covered with holiday lights, as well as high school marching bands, choirs and dance teams. Three areas will be set up around the route for participants to perform for the crowd.

Parade entrants aren't permitted to throw candy, but they typically distribute it to children along the parade route by hand.

Before the parade, musical entertainment will begin at 5:15 p.m. at One Main Plaza. And downtown gift shops, cafes, clubs and restaurants will offer specials throughout the day.

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