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 eighty 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 deadline for the 2019 event was September 1, 2019. Electric Light Parade applications for the 2020 event will be available on July 1, 2020.

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Parade Grand Marshals

The 2019 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


Electric Light Parade Participants

  • A1 Mechanical

  • American Pluming Contractors

  • Capital Area District Libraries

  • CATA

  • Charlotte Public Schools

  • City Life Lansing

  • College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving

  • Color Guard of USMC

  • Consumers Energy

  • Consumers Professional Credit Union

  • Dean Transportation

  • Dewpoint

  • Eaton County Sheriff Mounted Division

  • Eikenhout

  • Emergent Biosolutions

  • Family Life Radio

  • Friends of Turner Dodge House

  • General Motors

  • Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

  • Grandhaven Living Center

  • Granger Waste Services

  • Great Lakes Christian College

  • 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

  • League of Michigan Bicyclists

  • Liskey's Auto & Truck Service

  • MacDonald Broadcasting

  • Manitou Pontoon Boats

  • Massman Trucking

  • Michigan Army National Guard

  • Michigan Department of Transportation

  • Michigan Plumbing

  • Michigan State University Rodeo Club

  • Mike Childers and Sons Excavating

  • Mobile Medical Response

  • Mongoose Pro Monster Trucks

  • Mr. Winter Services

  • Neighborhood Advisory Board-Lansing Police Department

  • Neogen Corporation

  • Northside Service Inc.

  • Old Newsboys Association of Greater Lansing

  • Peacock Road Tree Farm

  • Penway Church of God

  • Petoskey Steel Drum Band

  • PJ’s Towing

  • R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

  • Rivertown Adventures

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

  • Simplified Tax and Accounting

  • Sohn Linen Service

  • Spartan Motors

  • Todd Martin Youth Leadership

  • Two Men & A Truck

  • US Workvan Inc.

  • Vista Springs Edgewood

  • WLNS TV 6

Electric Light 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

  • Lansing Catholic High School Marching Band

  • Portland High School Marching Band

  • Sexton High School Marching Band

  • St. Johns High School Marching Band

  • Waverly High School Marching Band