Support The Grand Illumination Parade

The Grand Illumination Parade, celebrating it's 32nd year in 2016, has become one of the biggest, brightest, and most loved holiday traditions in the entire region. This spectacular event continues to grow in size and scale and needs the support of the community to ensure that it remains a viable part of the holiday season in Downtown Norfolk.

Kicking off the Holidays in the City season, the Grand Illumination is more than just a parade; it is a cherished community event, creating fond memories of holiday cheer for those throughout Downtown Norfolk, Olde Town Portsmouth, and all of Hampton Roads. It enlivens Downtown Norfolk, driving over 80,000 people into the heart of Downtown to experience the parade as well as shop, dine, and appreciate all the community has to offer on parade night and beyond. 

Please consider helping us preserve this treasured and dazzling free holiday event by making a donation. There is no minimum donation and every little bit helps.

Donate Now

If you would like to donate a different amount, please contact Noel Gramlich.

Your donation today is a true testament of the parade’s regional and broad support and will help keep the tradition of the Grand Illumination Parade alive in Downtown Norfolk for years to come!

Other Ways to Support The Grand Illumination Parade

Eat at California Pizza Kitchen at MacArthur Center October – December 31st.

Just mention “Holidays in the City” to your server and 20% of your check will be donated to The Grand Illumination Parade. It’s that easy! Purchases include dine-in, take-out, catering and alcoholic beverages. *Opportunity only valid at California Pizza Kitchen at MacArthur Center.

Thank you for your support and for helping make sure that we can continue the legacy of the Grand Illumination Parade!