Watch the Grand Illumination Parade


There are more ways than ever to experience the 2017 Grand Illumination Parade!

2017 marks the 33rd Annual Grand Illumination Parade, and this year we are excited to offer new opportunities to view the parade like never before.  

Watch on Television - WTVZ on December 9th at 8pm and December 25th at 10am

Even if you saw the parade on the street or on Facebook Live, you won’t want to miss the produced version airing on WTVZ Channel 33.

New this year, the parade broadcast will be edited and produced so you can experience the parade like never before with behind the scenes footage of participants, interviews, candid moments, and the energy of the crowd and downtown holiday atmosphere all packaged together for one jam-packed hour of Downtown holiday fun.

WTVZ Channels:

  • Cox Cable
    • Channel 2
    • HD 1002
  • Non-cable – over air
    • Channel 33
  • Verizon
    • Channel 11
    • HD 511
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Click here to stream the Parade LIVE from Downtown Norfolk at 7pm on Saturday, November 18th!

On The Street

Gather your friends and family on Saturday, November 18th for the traditional up close and personal view of the parade and celebratory holiday vibe that can only be experienced if you are there. Bring your chairs and blankets to stake out your spot on the route or purchase reserved street seats for a guaranteed reserved seat and amenities.

And new for 2017, Waterside District is offering an exclusive Parade VIP Experience for those over 21 years of age including a pre-party at the Harbor Club with food and beverages and exclusive outdoor street seating to view the parade as it comes down Waterside Drive.
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Live on Facebook

For the first time ever, the Grand Illumination Parade will be on Facebook Live @DowntownNorfolk  on Saturday, November 18th at 7pm.

Just like the televised live broadcast in the past, you will be able to see the parade’s marching bands, giant balloons, floats, and walking units along with colorful commentary from our hosts.

Along with the traditional parade coverage, when you view the parade on Facebook Live you can expect to see more than ever before with behind the scenes action throughout the day, interviews with parade participants, different vantage points from all along the route and all the spontaneous fun and unexpected entertainment that comes along with a Facebook Live broadcast. And did we mention no commercials?

How to watch on Facebook Live: