Little Friends Parade of Lights Scheduled for November 27th!
Little Friends Parade of Lights will continue to brighten downtown Naperville this holiday season!
The Little Friends Parade of Lights is on for Sunday, November 27th, beginning at 6 p.m. While there were indeed significant logistical issues related to the safety of parade participants and spectators, Little Friends, along with the Downtown Naperville Alliance and Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico, have found a way to continue this popular, family-friendly event.
Little Friends worked with the Downtown Naperville Alliance and the Naperville Police Department to find a route that addresses safety concerns for those attending and minimizes the closing of streets and its effect on street parking. It was and continues to be the goal of all involved to mitigate disruption to merchants and holiday shoppers during this retail-oriented weekend.
“We are very pleased to be able to continue to provide this family-centered event for our clients and our supporters,” Kristi Landorf, Little Friends CEO, said. “Our clients love the parade, and the outpouring of support we have received is appreciated.”
“Downtown Naperville is a special place throughout the year,” said Chris Finck, Downtown Naperville Alliance Board Chairman, “but during the holiday season, it is magical, and we hope folks will come out and show their support for Little Friends at the wonderful Parade of Lights! We are proud to partner with Little Friends as they continue to support those in our community with special needs.”
“I am just happy we were able chart a path to yes,” said Mayor Steve Chirico. “We value the work Little Friends does and we understand the challenge of having events in our downtown core. We look forward to having thousands of visitors line the parade route and kick off the holiday season in style.”
The parade route will kick off on Jackson Avenue at Centennial Beach at 6 p.m. and head east to Main Street then north to Van Buren. With floats and more than 50 groups set to participate, the parade will last between 60 and 90 minutes.