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Fort Worth to host “2016 XTO Energy Parade of Lights” Christmas parade on November 20


<div>pol_tcuDowntown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. will once again host Fort Worth’s 2016 XTO Energy Parade of Lights. “The Melodies of Christmas” is the theme for the 34th XTO Energy Parade of Lights. the parade begins November 20 at 6 p.m., and will feature more than a half-million lights and hundreds of illuminated floats. Several thousand spectators traditionally attend.

In addition to the decorated floats, the parade will also include antique cars, marching bands, equestrian units, horse-drawn carriages, and groups of carolers.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be making an appearance on the 1.58-mile parade route. Fort Worth police officer Matt Pearce will serve as the 2016 Parade of Lights’ grand marshal.
Although the event is free to attend, participants can purchase reserved “Street Seats” online in advance, starting at $8.50 at www.FortWorthParadeOfLights.org/Parade-Information/Street-Seats/.
Here’s an abbreviated schedule of activities for the 2016 XTO Energy Parade of Lights:

2 p.m.

  • Shuttle Service begins from Farrington Field ($3 per adult round trip, $5 for two people). Parking at Farrington Field is free.

5:30 p.m.

  • Cowboy Santas will begin their march up and down the parade route to accept toy donations for children in need.

6 p.m.

  • The 2016 XTO Energy Parade of Lights officially begins at the intersection of Belknap and Throckmorton Streets. The parade proceeds east along Belknap Street, turns south on Commerce Street and goes all the way to 9th Street. At 9th Street, the parade turns west, proceeds past the Convention Center to Houston Street, and then turns north on Houston Street to Weatherford Street.

10 p.m.

  • Last bus departs for Farrington Field from the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC).

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