The weather looks good for tonight’s Night of Lights parade along North Vermilion Street through downtown Danville.
For those who have not experienced this holiday treat, floats of all descriptions will move along the parade route adorned in Christmas lights.
Local organizations, businesses and civic groups — and Santa, of course — will sponsor floats in the parade, which officially kicks off the holiday season downtown.
The parade moves out at 6:30 p.m. Before that, elementary students from District 118 schools will sing at Temple Plaza.
The whole evening wraps up as the floats make their way toward the David S. Palmer Arena where the final night of this year’s Festival of Trees will remain open until 9 p.m.
The parade annually attracts hundreds upon hundreds of spectators who line Vermilion Street. Several downtown businesses adjust their hours to take advantage of the crowd, and it gives visitors the chance to see what’s available in city’s stores.
A festive atmosphere envelops the whole event, from the hectic staging areas just off of North Vermilion Street to the ice sculpture demonstration planned for the Festival of Trees. And the kids will be able to gather a bit of candy along the parade route.
Downtown Danville Inc. and others who organize the event deserve a round of applause for the work they do. The Night of Lights Parade is one of the community’s most fun events.
Spend a pleasant evening along North Vermilion Street tonight. It’s a great way to start the holidays.