PALM SPRINGS — You know the season has begun when the first parade filled with marching bands, floats and more steps off in Palm Springs.

Mark your calendars for these fun and free special events highlighting the Palm Springs High School football team, the City’s diverse LGBTQ community, a powerful and poignant tribute to region’s veterans — and the ringing in of the holiday season with the 26th Annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade.

Following is a list of the city’s beloved parades coming up this fall in Palm Springs:

  • Palm Springs High School Homecoming, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 3:30 p.m. Parade runs along Palm Canyon Drive in downtown.
  • Greater Palm Springs Pride, Sunday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. along Palm Canyon Drive. For more information, click here.
  • The 22nd Annual city of Palm Springs Veterans Day Parade, Sunday, Nov. 11, 3:30 p.m. Parade runs along Palm Canyon Drive. This year’s theme is “Honoring All Who Serve.” A patriotic concert and fireworks finale at Palm Canyon Drive and Amado Road will immediately follow.
  • The 26th Annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade, Saturday, Dec. 1. Start time is 5:45 p.m. along Palm Canyon Drive. The city’s signature holiday event features magnificent marching bands, a plethora of twinkling floats and Santa Claus on the magical Jackie Lee Houston Santa Express. The event will once again be
    broadcast live on NBC Palm Springs. For more information, click here.

The Annual Festival of Lights Parade, which attracts an estimated 100,000 people, is one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season.

The holiday tradition features spectacular holiday floats covered in thousands of twinkling lights, giant Macy’s-style holiday balloons, a host of high-school and middle-school marching bands from across the Coachella Valley and a visit from St. Nick on the Jackie Lee Houston Santa Claus Express.

For more information about the Festival of Lights and sponsorship opportunities, visit here.