We are expecting some mild temperatures for this year’s Parade of Lights, which is taking place this Thursday. 

Executive Director of the chamber of Commerce Larry Heggs says there are a lot of entries for the parade this year. 

“Some of the stuff that people put together is just absolutely amazing to brighten people’s Christmas spirit.” 

The parade kicks off the holiday season. 

“It just runs right into the to the Christmas season and then of course River Park sparkles opens after that.” 

This is also an opportunity for people to support the local economy.  

“We've encouraged some downtown retailers to stay open that evening on Thursday and just to have an opportunity for people to come in and see what kind of deals they've got and support local shopping.” 

The parade lineup opens at 6:30 p.m. at the exhibition grounds, and the parade begins at 7 p.m.