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Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade

Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, November 19, 2022
5:30 PM

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Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade
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Web: TheMagnificent Mile.com

Email: Todd Marcocci, Coordinating Producer

If you're interested in entering your band in the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade, please request an application from Todd Marcocci at the contact info above.
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Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Logo For more than 50 years, the trees along Chicago's North Michigan Avenue have been illuminated to signal the official kick-off of the holiday season. With the help of more than 800 volunteers, the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival encourages everyone to join in the spirit of the holiday season and enjoy a host of festive experiences along Chicago's "Magnificent Mile."

The centerpiece of the day-long festival is the evening parade, and the lights on Michigan Avenue are literally illuminated block-by-block as the procession passes. More than 1 million spectators line the parade route each year to see the lighted floats, marching bands, balloons and performing artists. Because of the parade's unique overall format and time considerations, the parade is limited to five or six marching bands each year.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade Photos The entire day of events is produced by the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association which is a private, non-profit membership organization with a mission of preserving, promoting and enhancing one of Chicago's most unique neighborhoods.

The 1.2-mile parade route travels under millions of twinkling lights along Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to Wacker Drive. The parade is free and open to the public. The 2022 event will be televised on ABC7 in the Chicago area at 6:00 PM on Sunday, November 20; at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 10; and 4:00 PM on Saturday, December 24. The parade is also re-broadcast throughout December in various cities across the nation.

2022 Participating Bands

• Archbold High School Bluestreak Marching Band, Archbold, Ohio
• Crystal Lake Strikers Drumline, Crystal Lake, Illinois
• Greendale High School Marching Band, Greendale, Wisconsin
• Gulf Coast High School Marching Sharks, Naples, Florida
• Vandalia-Butler Marching Aviators and Kickline, Vandalia, Ohio

2021 Participating Bands
• Anthony Wayne High School Band, Whitehouse, Ohio
• Crystal Lake Strikers Drumline, Crystal Lake, Illinois
• Defiance High School Band, Defiance, Ohio
• Gahanna Lincoln High School Band, Gahanna, Ohio

2019 Participating Bands
• Crystal Lake Strikers Drumline, Crystal Lake, Illinois
• Greendale High School Band, Wisconsin
• Lake Fenton High School Band, Linden, Michigan
• Petoskey High School Steel Drum Band, Petoskey, Michigan
• Southland College Prep Charter High School Marching Band, Richton Park, Illinois

Related Events

• A spectacular fireworks show is held over the Chicago River immediately after the parade, serving as a grand finale to this holiday event.
• Live concerts are held all afternoon on the Harris Stage in Pioneer Court at 401 North Michigan Avenue. Artists appearing in recent years included the Radio Disney Road Crew and Crystal Bowersox of American Idol.

Future Dates

Saturday, November 19, 2022
Saturday, November 18, 2023
Saturday, November 23, 2024
(Always held the Saturday before Thanksgiving)

For More Information

Web: TheMagnificentMile.com

Email: Todd Marcocci, Coordinating Producer

If you're interested in entering your band in the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade, please request an application from Todd Marcocci at the contact info above.

View highlights of the 2010 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival