Viewing Guidelines

There are several ways you can participate in the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade: you can sponsor one of our floats or bands (which will display a sign with your business name), you can enter a float of your own, you can be an entertainment group consisting of music, dancing, or another type of performance, or you can join in the fun and be one of our costumed characters.

Enter a Float/March in the Parade
If you or your group is considering entering a float or marching/performing in the Parade, please read the Rules and Regulations carefully. If you have never participated in this Parade before, you will be required to submit a sketch, photo or detailed description depicting illumination of your entry. Additionally, children under the age of twelve will need prior approval to participate. We begin accepting applications September 1st. Our deadline is October 10th. Confirmation packets are mailed out two weeks prior to Parade night. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the Entry Application, Individual Hold Harmless, and Group Hold Harmless agreements  and mail to:

Festival of Lights Parade, c/o Brown Taylor,
P.O. Box 996
Los Altos, CA 94023

or email the documents to

Float Sponsorship
The Festival of Lights Parade Association owns twenty floats. Eighteen of them are sponsored by local businesses and organizations, their name billboarded on both sides of the float itself. Sponsorship fees range from $400 to $1,500 and are based on past ownership, means of propulsion, size, and the level of mechanical detail. The majority of floats have the same sponsor year after year; however, we are usually looking for one to two new sponsors each year. If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring a float, please contact Brown Taylor at and your name will be put on our waiting list on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Costumed Characters
We are always looking for adults and teenagers to be one of our costumed characters. You will have a one-time fitting in October and then participate parade night. It is fun and rewarding to see all the smiling faces along the parade route and when else do you get a chance to be Winnie the Pooh or the Wicked Witch? Please click on Volunteer for more information.

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