Part-time resident, television personality and former “Tonight Show” correspondent Ross Mathews, will lead the march along Palm Canyon Drive as this year’s Celebrity Grand Marshal for the 25th Annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade, according to a city news release.
The parade, which is the city’s signature holiday event, each year brings more than 100,000 residents and visitors to downtown Palm Springs on the first Saturday in December.
Joining him this year in the parade will be Community Grand Marshals Eric and Lindsey Bennett, the stars of HGTV’s hit series “Desert Flippers,” and local “Community Sweetheart,” Bella da Ball.
The holiday lights spectacular kicks off at 5:45 p.m. on Palm Canyon Drive at Ramon Road and heads north concluding at Tamarisk. For the first time ever, the parade will be broadcast live on KMIR-TV, the Coachella Valley’s NBC affiliate, hosted by Janet Zappala and Gino Lamont. Coverage begins at 6 p.m.
Each year the event features just under 100 twinkling floats, marching bands, holiday balloons and Santa Claus on the Jackie Lee Houston Express.
“The Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade is the biggest and best holiday lights parade in Southern California and beyond,” Mary Jo Ginther, director of the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism, said in a prepared statement. “Over the years, it has truly become one of the region’s most beloved holiday events and an important part of the magic that makes the City of Palm Springs, like no place else.”
For more information, visit www.psfestivaloflightsparade.com.