Thousands of people will line the streets of Downtown Lodi as darkness - and probably some rain - falls Thursday for the 10th annual Parade of Lights.
With a theme of "Christmas Around the World," 74 entries will take part in the procession, which begins at 6:17 p.m. at Pine and Hutchins streets.
Coca-Cola and Safeway will have large floats in the parade, and John and Gail Kautz of Ironstone Vineyards will preside as grand marshals.
The evening's festivities begin with a tree lighting ceremony in front of Lodi City Hall at 5:30 p.m.
Showers and a nighttime low temperature of 43 degrees are forecast for Thursday, but organizers say the parade will proceed as planned, even with rain.
The parade starts at Hutchins and Pine streets, travels east on Pine to Church Street, south on Church to Lodi Avenue, east on Lodi to School Street, north on School to Locust Street, and west on Locust to Hutchins.
Paradegoers can buy food and drinks from vendors scattered along the parade route.
An area reserved for seniors and disabled attendees will be in the parking lot of St. Anne's Church, at the corner of Church and Walnut streets.
A panel of judges will decide the best entries of the show and first-, second- and third-place awards, which will be announced in the Lodi News-Sentinel.
A light rain dampened the parade in 2003, but an estimated 30,000 people still attended.
If you go:What: Parade of Lights
When: Thursday, 6:17 p.m.
Where: Parade starts at Hutchins and Pine streets, east on Pine to Church Street, south on Church to Lodi Avenue, east on Lodi to School Street, north on School to Locust Street, west on Locust to Hutchins.
Streets on the parade route will be closed to traffic.
Free parking is available in the parking structure on Sacramento and Elm streets in downtown, but arrive early because the structure fills up quickly.
Park-and-ride service will be available from Tokay High School, First Baptist Church, Temple Baptist Church, the Grape Festival Grounds, and the parking lot at Washington and Lockeford streets.