Parade Units 

2019 Opening Night Winners

Best Use of Lights
Wilberstew Family & Friends
Most Original Unit
City of Tempe Holiday Cheer
Best Music
Best Special Effects
The Flow Shop
Best New Entry
Ballet Folklorico de Santa Maria
Best Themed
Girl Scouts - East Kyrene Unit


2019 Entry Fees & Application

Individual or Community Units:

Earlybird Fee (Register before Oct. 15): $35

Register between Oct. 16 - Nov. 6: $45

Downtown Tempe Merchant/Business Units:

Earlybird Fee (Register before Oct. 15): $165

Register between Oct. 16 - Nov. 6: $175

Commercial Units:

Earlybird Fee (Register before Oct. 23): $265

Register between Oct. 24 - Nov. 6: $275

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*Before applying, please read the Parade Manual.

Awards & Judges

As a participant in the Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade, you are automatically entered into the competition to win some great cash prizes! The theme for this year is Silver Bells! In honor of the 25th anniversary of the parade. 

A panel of local community members will use the following criteria to determine the winners: originality, technical design, and entertainment value, to maximize the parade theme. Overtly commercial units that do not conform to the entertainment theme will be disqualified. 

Thank you for your interest in the 25th Annual Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade! This year, cash prizes of $500 will be awarded to the best unit in 6 separate categories:

  • Best Use of Lights
  • Best New Entry
  • Best Special Effects
  • Best Music
  • Best Themed - Silver Bells
  • Most Original Unit  

In addition, we will give away an award for 'Most Jars of Peanut Butter Collected'. The winner of this award will present a one-of-a-kind trophy from Tempe Community Action Agency. You can make a difference in the lives of hungry, low-income families and individuals who turn to Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) for help this holiday season by collecting jars of peanut butter and donating them at the  Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade Captain's Meeting.

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