Those who love Christmas in the Yuma community know that it's time to start planning their parade entries for the 2019 Dorothy Young Memorial Electric Light Parade on December 14, 2019.
The anticipated event is in its 17th year and features the theme "Light up Yuma with the Arts." This year, the parade's organizer, Visit Yuma, is focusing on Yuma's growing arts community that is quickly becoming a recognized regional center for arts of all kinds. "This year's focus in our marketing puts Yuma arts in the spotlight, from visual arts, to performing arts,and everything in-between," said Linda Morgan, Executive Director of Visit Yuma. She went on to say, "We hope Yumans from all walks of life will share their lit-up creativity and artistic expression in their floats and parade entries this Christmas season."
Entry fee $45.00. Application and Entry Fee must be received no later than November 29, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.
A favorite tradition for nearly a generation, the parade draws more than 40,000 Yuma residents and visitors to the Historic North End each year to celebrate the holiday season. Last year the memorable event included a record high 102 lighted, festive entries. The parade kicks off at 6 p.m. on 4th Ave. and winds through Historic Downtown Yuma, with many spectators lining the streets to view the lighted creations as the parade marches by.
The parade is named in honor of its creator, Dorothy Young, a much-loved event coordinator with City of Yuma Heritage Festivals, who had often indicated that the Electric Light Parade was her favorite event.
This year, to recognize the parade's best entries, a panel of judges will choose winners for several categories, including the Dorothy Young Memorial Trophy for Best Performance by a Marching Band, last year awarded to Gadsden Marching Band, and the Mary Jane Allen Award for Best Depiction of the Parade Theme, won by Dole Fresh Vegetables.
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