Parade Units 


Register for the 2021 Opening Night Parade!

2021 Entry Fees & Application

Individual or Community Units:

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

Register between Oct. 16 - Nov. 8 or until spots are filled: $45

Downtown Tempe Merchant/Business Units:

Early Bird Fee (Register before Oct. 15): $165

Register between Oct. 16 - Nov. 8 or until spots are filled: $175

Commercial Units:

Early Bird Fee (Register before Oct. 15): $200

Register between Oct. 16 - Nov. 8 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 4 separate categories:

  • Best Use of Lights
  • Best New Entry
  • Best Special Effects
  • Most Original Unit  

Have additional questions? Contact events@downtowntempe.com

 

Check Out the 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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