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The annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade takes place in early December. It features dozens of illuminated floats, equestrians, marching bands, cars, and celebrities. The parade features Budweiser Clydesdales, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and Snoopy and the Gang. The highlights of the parade are Macy's-style balloons and Santa with his reindeer. The event attracts more than 100,000 spectators every year. The parade begins on Palm Canyon Drive at 5:45 p.m.
The Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade was first held in the early 1990s. It became popular thanks to its signature floats decorated with thousands of colourful holiday lights. The Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade was voted one of the best events in the Coachella Valley and the Top Ten Holiday Parades in the country in the AOL survey.