30th Annual City Of Lights Holiday Parade

Celebrate 30!

More than 10,000 spectators line Downtown streets each year in anticipation of Lowell’s only nighttime parade, the Annual City Of Lights Holiday Parade!  Officially kicking off the holiday season, this signature City of Lowell event brings a contingent of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday-themed floats, spectacular performance groups, and local personalities.

When: Saturday, November 24, 4:30 pm

Where: Downtown Lowell, from Jackson Street to JFK Plaza

This year, we're celebrating Celebrate 30! We are inspired by 30 years of colors and holiday lights in Lowell! 

Share your ideas and pictures with our official hashtag #COLHolidayParade.

Applications are LIVE. Please click HERE to apply for entry in the 30th Annual City of Lights Holiday Parade.

Deadlines for Application:

Early Bird Application Deadline: Friday, October 19th at 5:00 pm

Application Deadline: Friday, November 2nd at 5:00 pm

Parade Script Deadline: Friday, November 2nd

Parade Confirmations: Received week of November 5th

This website will be updated throughout the entirety of parade season, so keep checking back for additional updates!

For more information, please contact City of Lowell Cultural Affairs and Special Events Staff at: (978) 674-1482


2018 Grand Marshal


We are honored to introduce John Power of Farley White Interests as Grand Marshal for our 30th City of Light Parade!



Interested in volunteering for the 30th Annual City of Lights Parade? 
Please direct all questions to:

Roberto Dei, Project Assistant at