Electric Light Parade
The Electric Light Parade welcomes the holiday season in the Capital City with lighted floats and the arrival of Santa. The Electric Light Parade steps off at 6 p.m. at the corner of Lenawee and South Washington Square. Over sixty units and ten area high school marching bands will sparkle with thousands of lights as they make their way through the streets of downtown Lansing.
The participating high school marching bands will compete for the Best Illuminated Band awards during the parade. The two high school bands that are most well-lit will win a $500 gift card to Marshall Music courtesy of Marshall Music and $500 courtesy of the Lansing Board of Water and Light. Winners are announced at the Main State prior to the lighting of the State Christmas Tree. The parade is proudly sponsored by IBEW Local #665 and NECA and is proudly staged by the Lansing Host Lions Club.
Parade Grand Marshals
This year’s Grand Marshals are Detroit Lions Cheerleaders and Roary!
New this year, the parade will have a special guest! Paws from the Detroit Tigers will be making an appearance in the Electric Light Parade.
While 2018 is the 21st Electric Light Parade, it is only the fifth year the parade had a Grand Marshal. In 2014, Mickey Mouse traveled from Walt Disney World Resorts in Florida to serve as the first ever Grand Marshal, in 2015 singer/songwriter Joshua Davis served as the Grand Marshal, in 2016 Todd Duckett was the Grand Marshal and in 2017 MSU’s Sparty was Grand Marshal.
2018 Parade Participants
Capital Area District Libraries
Color Guard of USMC
Consumers Professional Credit Union
Fire & Rice
Free Shrugs Improv
Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes
Great Lakes Christian College
Greater Lansing Old Newsboys Association
Hager Fox Heating and Air Conditioning Co.
IBEW #665 & NECA
Lansing Board of Water and Light
Lansing Community College
Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority
Lansing Fire Department
Lansing Police Department-Gang Resistance Education and Training
Lansing Police Department-Neighborhood Watch
League of Michigan Bicyclists
Magnacharge Battery USA
Michigan Army National Guard
Michigan Department of Transportation
Michigan State University Rodeo Club
Mike Childers and Sons Excavating
Miracle League of Mid-Michigan/Sponsor LaFontaine Ford
Mobile Medical Response
Mr. Winter Services
Northside Service Inc.
Peacock Road Tree Farm
Penway Church of God
Petoskey Steel Drum Band
R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
Service Master Absolute
SERVPRO of Eaton, Clinton & Gratiot Counties, and Lansing and Holt
Simplified Tax and Accounting
Sohn Linen Service
Todd Martin Youth Leadership
Turner Dodge House
Two Men and a Truck
US Workvan Inc.
WILX News 10
2018 Parade Marching Bands
Bath High School Marching Band
Corunna High School Marching Band
Eastern High School Marching Band
Eaton Rapids High School Marching Band
Everett High School Marching Band
Holt High School Marching Band
Lansing Catholic High School Marching Band
Pewamo Westphalia High School Marching Band
Sexton High School Marching Band
St. Johns High School Marching Band
Waverly High School Marching Band