The annual Parade of Lights is on Friday, November 23rd from 7:30pm - 8:30pm in downtown Sioux Falls. The Parade will come down Phillips Avenue from 14th Street to 5th Street.
The Parade of Lights is presented by Century Link. Starting at 7:30 Friday night beautiful, hand-crafted holiday floats and music will fill Phillips Avenue. The 21st annual Parade of Lights is kind of the kickoff to the Holiday season. Hundreds of people come down to this event every year. When it comes to parking officials say think about using a ramp in downtown which is free after 6:00p.m.
Groups spend months coming up with ideas for their floats. Then it takes a lot of time putting together some of these floats many of which are very involved with lights and moving parts. An award ceremony will follow the parade at the Holiday Inn City Centre in the Falls Room with complimentary cookies and hot apple cider from the Holiday Inn City Centre. Everyone is invited to attend the award ceremony at 100 E. 8th Street. There will be awards for floats in the following categories:
Best Use of Lights - This award is given to the float that shows the most ingenuity and engineering in light usage and special effects for visual appeal. (Judged by Neil Simons)
Best Workmanship - This award is given to the float that displays outstanding craftsmanship, neatness, attention to detail, overall design and usage of color and materials. (Judged by Dale Jans)
Spirit of Sioux Falls - This award is for the float exhibiting the most public appeal and charm, most creatively pleasing the crowd. (Judged by Sylvia Henkin)
Mayor's Choice - This award is given to the personal favorite of Sioux Falls Mayor. (Judged by Mayor Mike Huether)
Downtown Sioux Falls Award - This award is given to the favorite of DTSF board. (Judged by Terri Schuver)
We will get a sneak peak of the Raven Industries float Tuesday morning on the KSFY Morning News.
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