Downtown Light Parade Returns to Traverse City

After the Downtown Light Parade was canceled last year, it returned to Traverse City.

For many locals, this is how they prepare for Christmas.

Annual tree lighting has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

The parade was still safe to go, however, with everyone spreading out on Front Street.

Downtown Experience Coordinator Abby Taylor says it’s about enjoying the festivities again with loved ones in person.

“I’m really excited to see families back together downtown, to party and just prepare for the holidays,” said Taylor. “It’s a very exciting night.”

It also means a lot to the community as a whole.

“There will be some nonprofits, there will be all kinds of downtown businesses, they just did everything, and there will be so many lights,” said Taylor.

This year’s National Cherry Queen Allie Graziano was also there.

She looked forward to representing the city at such a large, recurring event.

“It’s really incredible,” said Graziano. “This is truly the first major event to return to Traverse City since the pandemic and it really is a great way to start the holiday season.”

The lights alone were enough to put you in the holiday mood.

“I’m excited to see all the cars down here, everything is lit, there are so many people wearing glowing necklaces and really, it’s going to be a fun, great evening,” said Graziano.

Even in November, it’s never too early to celebrate Christmas, especially in Traverse City.

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