Parade of Lights

The Parade of Lights is all about community and unity. Churches, organizations, businesses and more are encouraged to sign up. File photo by Richard Stone

Time to light it up and march through the streets of downtown. The annual Parade of Lights, sponsored by the Taylor Area Ministerial Alliance, returns Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. through downtown Taylor. 

The event is held every year on the first Saturday of December. 

"Anything we can do to bring our community together is important," said Jeff Ripple of the Ministerial Alliance. "It's all about community, unity and love."

The parade will begin on Twelfth Street and go down Main Street to Third, and turn right and end on Vance Street.

He encourages all local and area churches, businesses and organizations to participate. He said they can have floats, trailers or walking groups in the parade. 

"We want to make this as big, colorful, fun and as exciting as possible," he said. 

This will be the fourth year the Ministerial Alliance has organized the event, and Ripple said there are always unique participants in the parade. 

"It may be a tractor pulling a hay trailer filled with kids," he laughed. "This is a parade for anyone. As basic and as simple as your entry may be, to elaborate and complicated as your entry may be, this is a parade for everyone."

He said that is what he loves about the parade. 

"It's not really about your ability to make a really cool or unique float," Ripple said. "The main thing is, whatever you have in that parade, light it up."

Unlike most parade, this event is held in the evening when it's dark. Ripple said the reason is to celebrate "the light," which is Jesus.

"It's fun, but it also sends the message of what Christmas is really about," he said. "I love that kids get excited about Santa being on the square, but Christmas is really about Jesus."

He said this is an opportunity to come out and celebrate the community. Even for those who are not particularly religious. 

"Come out and be a part of the celebration that highlights our community and our area," Ripple said. "We encourage families and people to come together and celebrate unity and love. That's what Christmas is about."

Parade categories are walking/marching, individual youth group, religious float, decorated vehicle, out of town entries, floats-business/commercial or business/individual.

The only official Santa allowed in the parade will be provided by the Taylor Area Ministerial Alliance. Please ensure that no other Santa is part of the parade displays.

Registration begins at 5 p.m. at American Legion Hall with judging to start at 6 p.m. All parade float and vehicle entries must enter the park from Lake Drive. All walking entries must enter the park from the football field parking lot.

All traffic other than parade entries will not be allowed into the park. All entries must line up on the right side of Twelfth Street in number order to be judged.

Parents should bring children who are riding a float to the football field parking lot and walk to their float. Parents should remain with their children until they are safely on their designated float.

All participants will be released at the parking lot on Third and Vance St. after the parade. There will not be transportation back to the football field.

For more information, contact Eulenfeld Interiors at 512-365-7174 or email tameulenfeld@austin.rr.com. Registration forms are available at Eulenfeld Interiors or the Taylor Press. 

All parade entries are due by Thursday, Nov. 29, by noon.

Parade rules:

  • The only official Santa allowed in the parade will be provided by the Taylor Area Ministerial Alliance. Please ensure that no other Santa is part of the parade displays.
  • No candy throwing allowed.
  • No motorized vehicles performing public displays (revving motor, stunts, wheelies, etc.) and no horses are allowed in the parade.
  • Participants must register in advance. No entries will be allowed on the day of the parade.

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