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Yuma lights up with electrifying parade


Yuma lights up with electrifying parade
Annual event kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday

YUMA, ARIZONA - 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 13th annual edition of the Dorothy Young Memorial Electric Light Parade kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday Dec. 12 - and it's still not too late to join in a "Rock 'n' Roll Christmas"!

Last-minute entry? Download an application from the events calendar page at and rush it in -- final drop-dead, no-kidding deadline is noon Wednesday, Dec. 9.

This sparkling Yuma Visitors Bureau event typically welcomes more than 15,000 spectators and anticpates having more than 90 entries this year.

Please note that there will be a change in the parade route this year - instead of heading down Orange Avenue and through the HACY parking lot, floats and marchers will turn left on Second Avenue, then right on Giss Parkway, proceeding around the traffic circle before turning left onto Main Street under the new "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 off Main Street at 2nd Street and the parade will disband in the parking lots between Maiden Lane and Gila Street. A parade route map is attached and is also available to download on the events calendar page of




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Visit Yuma team can suggest itineraries and facilitate visits, or provide you with the inspired details to help nail down an assignment.  We pride ourselves on always going "above and beyond."

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For more information, contact Linda Morgan at 928-376-0100 (office), email Thanks for your interest in the Yuma area.

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Background info:

Fast Facts About YVB

 Fast Facts About Yuma 

Yuma history - narrative

Yuma historic timeline


Research and statistics

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018 Executive Summary

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