Talking Points for the 2016 XTO Energy Parade of Lights:

Parade Producer
Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., whose mission is to make Downtown Fort Worth a vibrant place to live, work and play.

Press and Media Contact
Claire Bloxom Armstrong, Pavlov Advertising and Public Relations

2016 Sponsors
XTO Energy (Title Sponsor), Sundance Square, GM Financial (float sponsor and official tow vehicle), Enilon (float sponsor), Hilton Fort Worth Hotel (float sponsor), Atmos Energy (float sponsor), Karen and Larry Anfin (float sponsor), Flowers to Go (float sponsor), Van Cliburn Foundation (float sponsor), Tarrant Regional Water District, The Star-Telegram, RANCH 95.9, HANK 92.1, KLUV 98.7 FM THE Christmas Station, United Rentals

First staged in 1983 (33rd year) to help Fort Worth celebrate family and togetherness in a spirited way. It has grown to become one of the top Illuminated Parades in the country.

Let the Season Begin!

Parade Route
From corner of Belknap and Throckmorton Streets, east on Belknap to Commerce, then south on Commerce to 9th Street. Next, west on 9th Street to Houston Street, and finally north on Houston Street to Weatherford Street.

Schedule of Activities:

  • 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM –
    • Shuttle service begins from Farrington Field ($3.00 round trip per person, kids 12 and under free, 2 adults ride for $5.00.  Parking at Farrington Field is free.
  • 4:30 PM – Come early to get a great seat, enjoy some hot chocolate or delicious fare, visit the shops of Sundance Square, or enjoy a leisurely meal in any of our Downtown restaurants.
  • 5:40 PM
    • Cowboy Santas collect toys along the route
    • Just behind them, watch for the Wheelie-ing Elvi and those crazy unicyclists before the parade begins!
  • 6:00 PM – Parade begins at the intersection of Throckmorton and Belknap Street, featuring over 100 illuminated entries.
    • Grand Marshal -TBD
    • Entries featuring community groups and supporters from around Fort Worth, including award winners from previous years.
    • Local personalities from around Fort Worth on our announcer stands!
    • Santa’s arrival on the Downtown Fort Worth Inc. float!
  • 8:00 PM – Photos with Santa, benefiting Fort Worth Sister Cities youth scholarship programs, continuing until 10:00 PM, in Sundance Square Plaza.

Shuttle service begins from Farrington Field ($3.00 round trip per person, kids 12 and under free, 2 adults ride for $5.00.  Parking at Farrington Field is free. Parking information online at

Note: Spur 280 off of I-35 will close at 4:30 PM, and Henderson Street will close at White Settlement and at 5th Street at 5:30 PM.

For a complete information concerning our Transportation and Parking, click here.

For a map of downtown parking areas and parade route, click here.

There’s a need for parade marshals, mascots, review-stand spotters, etc. Contact us at Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, 817-336-2787 or email us.

Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc.
777 Taylor Street, Ste. 100
Fort Worth, TX 76102