NORFOLK -- There may not be 76 trombones in this parade, but there will be Santa!
The Grand Illumination Parade marks the kickoff to the holiday season here in Hampton Roads. WVEC 13NEWS is proud to be a sponsor once again as we celebrate the spirit that makes us all proud to call Hampton roads home.
This year's theme is "Lights, cameras, action" so look for Hollywood-themed floats!
It's the magic of our community that makes this grand event shine.
You'll see and feel the electricity in the air when the Norfolk and Portsmouth skylines light up like Rudolph's nose at 7pm. Then you'll see and hear from some talented hometown groups like the dancers from the Copeland School for the Arts, marching bands from Booker T. Washington to NSU and ODU, even the military gets in the act with the U.S. Forces Fleet Band.
But the big star is the big man from the North Pole -- look for Santa at the end of the parade route!
Ten thousand spectators are expected so get there early. The parade route begins at the corner of St. Paul's Boulevard and Waterside Drive. It continues down Waterside and turns right onto Plume Street, then left onto Granby Street. The parade ends at the corner of granby Street and Virginia Beach Boulevard.
If you get there early, not only will you be able to grab a great spot along the parade route, you'll also save money parking at city garages. Early bird parking is only $1 from 3 to 5pm. After that it goes up to $5. However, early bird parking does not apply at the Scope garage, St. Paul's and Brambleton lots. MacArtur Center lots are $2 all day long.
Look for personalities from 13NEWS there. Anchors David Allen and Regina Mobley will host out live coverage beginning at 7. Weather Authority Meteorologist Craig Moeller will be part of the procession. The NEW WVEC BALLOON will be there, too!
From all of us at WVEC, enjoy the kickoff to Holidays in the City. We are proud to present the 2010 Grand Illumination Parade.