FORT MADISON – As the streets of Fort Madison’s Main Street District get ready to kick off the 2017 holiday season, many families, friends and visitors will line Avenue G on November 24th at 6:30 PM, the day after Thanksgiving, to witness the magnificent sight of the Annual Parade of Lights. More than 40 completely lit floats will once again flow through downtown creating a magical Christmas experience for everyone young and old in the anticipation of Santa’s arrival.
Spectators enjoying the parade will get to see many of their favorite floats that make this parade truly a one of a kind experience in our area. Floats include a rocking horse, a merry go round, a fireplace with real fire, an American Flag shooting fireworks, a snowman being built, a giant snow globe and of course the Lighted Parade train are just a few of the many lighted floats.
“We have converted almost all the existing floats over to LED the last couple years which has helped with maintenance needs”, stated Thomas Older, 2017 Parade Chairman. “Although we may not have a new float this year, we were able to offer new sponsorships opportunities to a few existing floats with the goal to look at getting those businesses interested and planning early for the 2017 parade and a new float idea.”
Volunteers are always needed. Those interested in participating, please contact the Partners office. Design ideas for a new float, welding skills, or the willingness to help light the floats to keep the parade going forward, are always welcome.
As in the past, there will be no parking along Avenue G between 11th and 13th streets all day Nov. 24th and starting at 3 p.m. along Avenue G between 5th and 11th streets. Also, every evening following the Parade of Lights, the floats will be lit and on display in Riverview Park for drive-by viewing until the first week in January.
Fort Madison – a Main Street community – is a quaint town along the Mississippi River, with historical architecture, beautiful river views and a growing number of small shops and restaurants. For more information about Fort Madison activities and events, contact the Fort Madison Partners Office visit us at www.fortmadison.com or 319-372-5471.