COLORADO SPRINGS — Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Festival of Lights Parade is happening but in a new format.
Committee members have made a bold decision to “flip” the format of the parade. Depending upon the weather, the parade annually entertains 60,000-80,000 spectators along Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs. Partnering with the Broadmoor World Arena, the Parade committee is reimagining a parade where entries remain in place with safe social distancing while spectators drive by the entries from the comfort and safety of their vehicles.
“We are really excited to have come up with a workable solution to continue our annual celebration of the holidays,” says Jeff Wilson, Festival of Lights Board Chair, “We believe people are hungry for celebration and connection and will be ready to view the Parade in this new format.”
“The Broadmoor World Arena has come through for us, helping us map out a safe and functional route and plan for the Parade,” says Terry Collinson, the Parade’s Executive Director, “We are excited to begin accepting entries for the 2020 event.
The event will remain free, but tickets for timed entry must be reserved in advance from The Broadmoor World Arena. Timed entry will support efficient traffic flow and access to the Broadmoor World Arena parking lot.
Due to the revised format, the overall number of entries will be limited this year. Entrants are encouraged to submit their applications early as entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
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