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 Street and South Washington Square. More than sixty units and several 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. Awards are given in two categories: large band and small band. The high school bands that are most well-lit in each category will win $500 courtesy of the Lansing Board of Water and Light and a $500 gift card to Marshall Music, courtesy of Marshall Music. The parade is proudly sponsored by IBEW Local #665 and NECA.


The more lights the better! We are looking for the most creative, brightest and best entries. Deadline to apply is September 1, 2019.

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Parade Grand Marshals

This year’s Grand Marshal will be announced in the fall!

While 2019 is the 23rd Electric Light Parade, it is only the sixth year the parade has welcomed 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, in 2017 MSU’s Sparty was Grand Marshal and in 2018 the Detroit Lions Cheerleaders and Roary served as Grand Marshals.

Special Guest vehicle courtesy of Shaheen Chevrolet.

Special Guest vehicle courtesy of Shaheen Chevrolet.

Grand Marshal vehicle courtesy of Grand Ledge Ford Lincoln

Grand Marshal vehicle courtesy of Grand Ledge Ford Lincoln


2018 Parade Participants

  • A1 Mechanical

  • Capital Area District Libraries

  • CATA

  • Color Guard of USMC

  • Consumers Entergy

  • Consumers Professional Credit Union

  • Curwood Festival

  • Dean Trailways

  • Fire & Rice

  • Free Shrugs Improv

  • Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

  • Granger

  • 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

  • Liskey's

  • MacDonald Broadcasting

  • Magnacharge Battery USA

  • Michigan Army National Guard

  • Michigan Department of Transportation

  • Michigan Plumbing

  • Michigan State University Rodeo Club

  • Mike Childers and Sons Excavating

  • Miracle League of Mid-Michigan/Sponsor LaFontaine Ford

  • Mobile Medical Response

  • Mr. Winter Services

  • Neogen Corporation

  • Northside Service Inc.

  • Peacock Road Tree Farm

  • PJ's Towing

  • Penway Church of God

  • Petoskey Steel Drum Band

  • R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

  • Salvation Army

  • Service Master Absolute

  • SERVPRO of Eaton, Clinton & Gratiot Counties, and Lansing and Holt

  • Simplified Tax and Accounting

  • Sohn Linen Service

  • Spartan Motors

  • Todd Martin Youth Leadership

  • Turner Dodge House

  • Two Men and a Truck

  • US Workvan Inc.

  • Wal-Mart

  • 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