Faces will be all aglow Thursday evening when the ninth annual Parade of Lights hits the streets of Lodi, facinating parade patrons with a million-light display.
There may not be any snowfall in this week's weather forecast, but with a daytime high temperature hovering around 55 degrees, nighttime temperatures in the low 30s and a theme of "White Christmas," audiences are sure to get a taste of the winter holidays to come.
The parade, which is being sponsored by the Downtown Lodi Business Partnership, will be led by a lighted horse-drawn carriage driven by this year's grand marshall Daryl Geweke.
Other features will include the Budweiser Clydesdales, more than 90 light-covered float entries and the grand entrance of Santa Claus being escorted in a Lodi Fire Department truck, said Pamela Hayn, executive director of the Downtown Lodi Business Partnership.
There will also be more than 12 food and beverage vendors along the parade route.
More than 40,000 people are expected to turn out to view the one-mile parade route, which begins at Pine Street near Hutchins Street Square.
The route will continue down Pine to Church Street, and run south on Church to Lodi Avenue before turning West on Locust Street and concluding at the city library.
Seating along the route is free and visitors can park at the Lodi Station Parking Garage or in one of several lots around the downtown area.
The parade begins at 6:17 p.m.
For more information, contact the Downtown Lodi Business Partnership at 369-8052.
Contact reporter Sara Cardine at email@example.com.