Festival of Lights Parade continues despite single digit wind chills

Did you watch the winter wonderland of magical displays Saturday evening?
Did you watch the winter wonderland of magical displays Saturday evening?(WEEK)
Published: Nov. 19, 2022 at 8:01 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - This year’s Parade of Lights went off without a hitch despite the freezing cold temperatures.

With wind chills in the single digits, thousands of families bundled up with hot cocoa and blankets as they watched the parade make its way down the two-mile stretch of East Washington Street.

According to the City of East Peoria website, the Festival of Lights annual Parade of Lights features floats shaped by bright, colorful LED lights, including:

  • 70-foot long float of the famous Clydesdale horse team pulling a delivery wagon
  • 95-foot-long smoke-spewing Chinese dragon
  • Chopper motorcycle
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • The Duck and Ducklings
  • 160-foot long Steam Engine Train
  • The USS East Peoria of Star Trek fame, back for the first time in three years

25News met up with a pair of best friends who’s been attending the parade since they were born and they shared their favorite part of tonight’s parade.

“The whales. A dragon. It’s tail moved up and down and all of them are unique,” explains both Mae and Jolene.

The 38th Annual East Peoria Festival of Lights begins on Thanksgiving and continues through Monday, January 2nd with the drive-thru display beginning every night at 5pm.