Thousands are expected to gather in Downtown Lodi tonight for the 18th annual Parade of Lights, beginning at 6:17 p.m.
Dozens of parade entries will traverse a one-mile parade route beginning at Lockeford and Church streets heading south, then turning left onto Lodi Avenue. The procession will turn left onto School Street, and pass the judges station at School and Oak streets. The parade will turn right onto Locust Street and turn left onto Sacramento Street and end at Lockeford Street.
Parade entries include decorative floats, marching bands, dance groups and themed vehicles, among others. Santa Claus will also be on-hand, waving to spectators from atop a Lodi Fire truck.
Elm Street will be closed from School to Sacramento streets beginning at noon for the new Holiday Boutique, which begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m.
A variety of food vendors will be located along the parade route, including Lockeford Sausage, Delroy’s Deli and A Moveable Feast at Elm and Church streets, among others.
Boy Scouts of America Troop 199, Bear Creek Church and other nonprofits will provide hot drinks at various intersections along the parade route.
Church and School streets between Lockeford Street and Lodi Avenue will close at 4 p.m. to begin staging for the parade, as will Sacramento Street between Lockeford Street and Turner Road. Lockeford Street and Lodi Avenue will also be closed between Church and Sacramento streets for parade staging at 4 p.m.
Portable toilets will be located on School and Church streets, at Walnut, Oak, Pine, Elm, Locust and Lockeford streets.
For more information, visit www.lodichamber.com/events/light-parade.