The 29th annual Light up Louisville event is Friday.
Mayor Jerry Abramson says a few changes have been made to this year’s Light Up Louisville. Most notably, the holiday parade will be held after sunset.
“We’re pushing it back to the evening, starting at 6:00,” he says. “So the parade will create a parade of lights with lighted floats and holiday characters and more. And then following the parade, as always, Santa Claus himself will arrive at 8:00 this year.”
Abramson says the later parade is likely to draw larger crowds than the previous years’ afternoon parades. The event will come after a 5K run, which is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown program and a new addition to the Light up Louisville festivities.
Metro Government will provide some assistance for Light Up Louisville, but all other costs are paid for by sponsors.
“With the kind of financial situation we’re in, we are not [paying for events],” says Abramson. “We have some in kind support that we’re providing.”
The in kind support includes security officers, event organizers and electricians.