City readies for 2018 Annual Parade of Lights

The Silgan lighted float is pulled in the 2017 parade. This year's Annual Lighted Christmas parade will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday on Avenue G. PCC File photo

FORT MADISON – As the streets of Fort Madison’s Main Street District get ready to kick off the 2018 holiday season, many families, friends and visitors will line Avenue G on November 23rd at 6:30 p.m. 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, 2018 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 2019 parade and a new float idea.” Volunteers are always needed. Those interested in participating, please contact the Partners office- maybe you have design ideas for a new float, welding skills to offer 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 -13th streets all day Friday the 23rd and starting at 5 p.m. along Avenue G between 5th-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.

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