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Early arrival recommended for Saturday's Festival of Lights Parade in Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — The 22nd Annual Festival of Lights Parade will start at 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Columbus. It is free to the public.

Following the same route as years' past, the parade starts at Jackson and Eighth streets. After turning south on Washington Street it will make its way down to the judges' stand at Third Street before winding back around to Brown Street.

Mayor Kristen Brown and Ann Stevens, who donated this year's tree, will join Santa in front of City Hall between 8 and 8:30 p.m. for the official lighting of the city's Christmas tree. Cupcakes and hot cider will be provided by the city.

Fireworks are scheduled to wrap up the evening's festivities.

Joyce Lucke, parade planning committee member, suggested arriving before 5 p.m., when the streets are scheduled to shut down for parade preparation.

Parking garages on Second and Fourth Streets are available for public parking. County lots on the north and south sides of the Bartholomew County Jail will also be available. The Republic's lot on Second Street will also be open to the public.

ColumBUS routes will shut down between 5 and 7 p.m. Limited routes will resume immediately following the parade. Individuals needing a ride should report to the bus station in front of Mill Race Center.

Information: 812-390-6912.

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