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Want to be a part of the magic?  Click here to complete the 2017 Registration Packet.

Join us for this dazzling nighttime parade as it travels through downtown Rapid City amidst sparkling lights and huge crowds! From horse-drawn carriages to amazing displays on flatbed trucks, the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PARADE delights crowds of over 30,000 and is the premier winter event in the Black Hills.

Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to do so! The parade is held on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in Downtown Rapid City. The Parade begins at East Boulevard and proceeds down Main Street, turning South on 7th Street, and traveling East on St. Joseph Street. It is a long Parade route!  There is a, non-refundable entry fee of $40.00. However, non-profit service clubs, civic organizations, and church groups pay only $25.00.

The Festival of Lights Parade was created by the Leadership Rapid City Class of 1996 with the help of Casey Peterson & Associates, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, and Black Hills Corporation. In 2013, the Festival of Lights Board of Directors, consisting of original 1996 LRC class members Sue McCormick, Carol Brown, and Carrie Cisel, was expanded to include Connie Olson. Connie is from the LRC class of 2008 and is chair of the 2017 Festival of Lights Parade. We thank you, the participants, for creating wonderful entries that draw thousands of people to this event!

The number of entries is limited. For safety reasons, you must have a completed Participant Application Form and Waiver on file with the Festival of Lights Organization to participate in the parade. You will receive a Confirmation Packet with information regarding the staging area and route, after we receive your registration.


Please complete the enclosed Participant Application Form and Waiver (don’t forget to sign!) and return as soon as possible to, or mail to:



Space is limited – return your registration forms early!

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