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Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to do so! The parade will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 6 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 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 notify us by November 9, 2023, if you are unable to participate so we can fill your space with an entry from our waitlist.


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


Festival of Lights Parade
% Connie Olson
5550 Solitaire Drive
Rapid City, SD 57703


Space is limited – return your registration forms early!

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