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Yuma lights up holidays with parade

Annual Electric Light Parade steps off Saturday

YUMA, Ariz. - For more than a decade, Yuma has kicked off the holiday season with an illuminated parade - renamed in 2009 after the unexpected death of the dynamo who helped launch the inaugural event.
The 14th annual edition of the Dorothy Young Memorial Electric Light Parade steps off at 6 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 10) with the theme of "A Wild West Christmas."

This sparkling Yuma Visitors Bureau event typically includes more than 90 entries and welcomes more than 25,000 spectators.

Please note there will be a change in the parade route this year:

The parade begins at 6 p.m. on Fourth Avenue at 9th Street and proceeds north along Fourth Avenue to Fourth Street. At Fourth Street, the parade turns right (east) for two blocks, then heads left (north) on Second Avenue. Finally, the parade proceeds right (east) on Giss Parkway, proceeding around the traffic circle before turning onto Main Street under the "Welcome to Downtown Yuma sign."

The official judges' table and VIP sponsor area will be located in front of the Gowan building at 370 S. Main St.

All units except the largest floats will turn right onto Second Street off Main Street and then head south along Maiden Lane and across Giss Parkway to disband. Parade participants can meet their rides in the parking lot on the south side of Giss between Maiden Lane and Gila Street (not the lots behind Lutes).

A parade route map is attached and is also available to download on the events calendar page of Click on the map to open a printable PDF.



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