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Fantasy of Lights Parade offers grand opportunity

pominville_1891Businesses, bands and community groups have a chance to participate in the 31st annual Fantasy of Lights Parade on Friday, November 28 in downtown Howell. Float applications can be downloaded at

“Having a float in the Fantasy of Lights Parade is a great way to get in the holiday spirit,” said Michelle Tokan, Fantasy of Lights Director. “Many organizations construct floats as a team-building experience. Plus, it’s rewarding to have your float seen by thousands of spectators cheering along the parade route.”

This year’s parade theme is Christmas – It’s a Grand Event!  Each entry in the Fantasy of Lights parade must be illuminated with a minimum of 5,000 holiday lights. The event marks the arrival of the holiday season in Howell and has attracted up to 30,000 spectators lining the Grand River Avenue parade route. Grand Marshals are Howell residents and stars Melissa Gilbert and Timothy Busfield.

The event is hosted by the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Major sponsor of the Fantasy of Lights Parade is Cobb-Hall Insurance. Supporting Sponsors are Citizens Insurance and Blue Care Network of Michigan. Independence Village of Brighton Valley sponsors Santa and his reindeer.

Fantasy of Lights attractions and activities begin in downtown Howell at 4 p.m. The Fantasy 5K Run begins at 6 p.m. followed by the start of the parade at 7 p.m. Fantasy 5K Platinum Sponsor is Champion Automotive Group. Runners can register for the 5K at

For more information, contact Tokan at the chamber foundation at 517.546.3920 or

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