Watch the Grand Illumination Parade Your Way

There are so many ways to experience the 2018 Grand Illumination Parade!

2018 marks the 34th Annual Grand Illumination Parade, and this year we are excited to offer new opportunities to view the parade like never before.  

On The Street

Gather your friends and family on Saturday, November 17th 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.

Waterside District is offering an exclusive Parade VIP Experience with reserved outdoor VIP seating area which allows you to enjoy food & drinks inside Waterside District before the parade starts and then have a front row view during the parade
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Live on Facebook

The Grand Illumination Parade will be on Facebook Live @DowntownNorfolk  on Saturday, November 17th 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:

Watch on Television - WVEC on December 8th at 7pm and December 16th at 1pm

Even if you saw the parade on the street or on Facebook Live, you won’t want to miss the produced version airing on WVEC Cox Channel 13.

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.