The XTO Energy Parade of Lights is a light-filled parade through the #1 Downtown in the U.S.A. While we are full this year, we typically seek a variety of float and special effect entries, including bands, groups and individuals, to participate including schools, competitive dance groups, arts and cultural groups, musical groups, individuals, and families.
We look for creativity, originality and, most of all…incredible lighting, wonderful music and awesome special effects! The more creative the entry, the better the chance of acceptance and of making this parade one of the most creative in all of Texas. The success of the Parade of Lights has been based on the originality and artistic creation of our floats and entries, and on the spectacular use of lights and special effects has set this parade apart.
If you are interested in participating in the parade, please check us out next year. Applications open up July 15 and our deadline will be October 12.
- Enter a Unit – We are no longer taking applications as the parade is full! Each year, we look for illuminated motorized and towed floats, human powered floats, walking units, sculptural units, costumes/masks entries, walking units, performance units and bands, automotive and other motorized units. Lights, special effects…music!
- Purchase seats for your entire family, or purchase a block of seats and celebrate the holidays Downtown with employees, clients or other guests. Seat sales begin August 15. Click here to go to our Street Seats page
- Volunteer! The parade and our afternoon activities wouldn’t happen without our hundreds of dedicated volunteers, needed to walk in the parade, help with staging…and more! Our online signup form is now available.
We are focused more than ever on the quality of our entries. Thousands of people from around the Metroplex join us downtown, some purchasing front row seats, and our float participants provide the show!
You’re invited to join us on our one-mile parade route with colorful illuminated floats, beautiful antique cars, marching bands, equestrian units, horse-drawn carriages and a cast of delightful characters dressed in their holiday best. The unforgettable parade and an annual visit from Santa Claus and his elves will make the XTO Energy Parade of Lights a fun-filled holiday experience for the entire family.
Please review our Parade Policies prior to applying as you will be responsible for all information contained therein. We need YOU to be a part of our spectacular celebration!