The Niles Festival of Lights welcomes organizations to submit an entry application to participate in the parade. All entries are by invitation only and subject to approval by Parade Organizers. All entries are selected on their entertainment value, uniqueness, size, and appearance.

The parade is a “family fun” celebration and parade participants must be appropriate to be seen by all ages.

from Parade Organizer Ray Pulver, Upbeat Parades:

  • Parade Route:  .06 miles – Start at Niles Blvd. and Sullivan Underpass, continues straight on Niles Boulevard ending at J Street.

  • Anticipated Attendance:  15,000.

  • Entry applications must be received by October 20.  Parade organizers will approve applicants. Notification of acceptance will be emailed.

  • Parade entries:  Required to be entertaining, creative and exciting.  Participate with a float, push float, band, colorful costumes, uniformed attire, drill, dance team or comical routines, antique or unique vehicles, etc. Think out of the box!

  • Please read general parade guidelines.  Respond early to be considered for placement in our parade.

If you have already applied, thank you.

Parade Line-Ups