“Peace on Earth” theme emphasized at this year’s Electric Light Parade

Arizona Public Service and the city of Phoenix are bringing back the event after its cancellation last year


James Ritter

Some of the colorful decorations seen at the 2019 parade. The 2020 edition was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

The city of Phoenix, with help from APS, will welcome back the annual APS Electric Light Parade this weekend.

The event, which was not held in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. 

This year’s parade theme is “Peace on Earth.” Hundreds of colorful floats and vehicles will roll down streets throughout downtown Phoenix in an effort to bring some holiday spirit to the Valley. 

One individual involved in parade activities provided more details on what attendees can expect. 

“(They can expect) a lot of excitement and energy for the start of the holiday season. Families and businesses that are completely committed to their (neighborhoods) want to provide and share a great community experience,” the event spokesperson told Northeast Valley News. “There’s a lot of community pride and synergy that comes from an event like this one.” 

The parade will begin between Montebello and Central Avenue. From there, it will stretch over two miles long before ending between 7th Street and Indian School Road. 

The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department recommends taking the Valley Metro Light Rail to avoid traffic delays. It is recommended attendees arrive at the parade a couple hours early to get a good viewing spot.

If driving to the event, parking will be available on nearby city streets — but only on a first-come, first-served basis. Coolers are allowed, but alcohol and any glass containers are prohibited. 

Owing to COVID-19, there will not be a traditional pre-parade viewing event the night before the parade itself. It is suggested that guests maintain social distancing and stay home if they feeling sick.