Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC), in partnership with Miracle on 7th Street, invites groups, organizations and businesses to participate in the “Light Your Way” Christmas Parade. The first parade in 2016 had strong support from the community, and last year had more than 10,000 people in attendance, with around 80 participants. The parade has grown and features community support from marching bands, local organizations, decorated floats, dancers, honored guests and, of course, Santa Claus.

Rules and Information

Date: December 2, 2023
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Route begins at 5th Street and Wabash Avenue

All entries must be in place at 5:30 p.m. to start right at 6:00 p.m.
The deadline to submit parade entries is November 27, 2023. This will allow time for the approval of themes.

Number of Participants: 80 entries.

Parade Rules

  • The entry must have lights and be decorated!
  • A fire extinguisher must be readily accessible on every vehicle/float.
  • NO political advertising.
  • Do not have any person dressed as Santa Claus on your float. As to not confuse little children, there will only be one Santa Claus present in the parade. However, you may have a Santa figurine or picture, etc.
  • Candy and other items may be passed out. It is asked to have unit participants distribute at curb.
  • All participants must be in place by 5:30 p.m. for the start of the parade at 6:00 p.m. Upon arrival, participants will be given a number that must be placed on the entry. This is so the emcee can announce details as you drive by. The judges’ stand will be located on the stage at the corner of 7th Street and Wabash Avenue outside the Hilton. We ask all participants to ensure that their area is cleaned up as they prepare to move into the parade line-up. SMWC personnel will be present to answer questions and assist you in finding your location for the parade.
  • NO alcohol or illegal substances will be permitted. No intoxicated persons will be allowed to participate in the parade.
  • To ensure safety, emergency vehicles should not use sirens and/or horns during the parade unless they are called upon to respond to an emergency.
  • Headlights should be turned off and daytime lights should be covered when the parade begins.
  • The entry must be family-friendly.

Other Important Information

  • Although this is a Christmas event, the parade is open to all faiths and beliefs.
  • The parade Chairs reserve the right to reject any application.
  • A detailed letter of information will be sent out upon completion of the entry form.