Parade Units 


Notice

At this time, we are moving forward in the planning of the Fantasy of Lights Parades: however, we are fully aware that we can only make decisions based on the information that is available to us right now from City and State officials due to COVID-19-19. With that said, we understand, as things change, we may have to postpone or cancel events in 2020.

In light of the health and safety of our community, we are working closely with the City of Tempe to make changes to the Downtown Tempe Events in an effort to still produce them while keeping social distancing and the health of the community as the top priority.

This year, the Opening Night Parade will look a little different but will still offer a fun time for everyone! Our plan is to hold a reverse parade. Parade units will be staged along the parade route while visitors walk through downtown viewing your holiday creations.

2020 Entry Fees & Application

Individual or Community Units:

Earlybird Fee (Register before Oct. 16): $35

Register between Oct. 17 - Nov. 9 or until spots are filled: $45

Downtown Tempe Merchant/Business Units:

Earlybird Fee (Register before Oct. 16): $165

Register between Oct. 17 - Nov. 9 or until spots are filled: $175

Commercial Units:

Earlybird Fee (Register before Oct. 16): $200

Register between Oct. 17 - Nov. 9 or until spots are filled: $225

Apply Here

*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! There is no overall theme this year, it's up to you, so get creative!

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 26th 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
  • Most Original Unit  

Have additional questions? Contact Julie at Julie@downtowntempe.com.

2019 Opening Night Winners

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

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