The 37th annual Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade is scheduled 6 p.m. Dec. 1 along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.
This year’s highlights include “Penguin Palooza,” a new float that features penguins in colorful winter clothing enjoying a party with ice skating, fishing and roasting marshmallows. The new float was created on the bed of “It’s a Small World,” one of the parade’s oldest floats.
Parade volunteers also redesigned the Mother Goose float.
“She is now sitting with bright-orange feet and a fancy bonnet reading her nursery rhymes, accompanied by her storybook characters,” said parade organizer Nancy Schneider.
The revamped float is courtesy of Jacob Kidd, who worked on Mother Goose for his Boy Scout Troop 37 Eagle Scout project.
The parade’s 60 entries, including high school bands and choruses, costumed characters and illuminated floats, all lead up to the grand finale – an appearance by Santa and his reindeer.
Parade organizers urge attendees to refrain from staking out viewing spots until noon the day of the parade.
“Please do not use tape and chalk – it makes clean up very difficult,” Schneider said. “Mark your place with blankets or tarps.”
The all-volunteer Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade Association produces the parade, which costs nearly $20,000 annually.
“We would appreciate your donations, which allow us to update our floats and costumes,” Schneider said.
For more information, including parade routes and guidelines, visit losaltosparade.com. If there is a rain delay, information will be posted on the parade website after 3 p.m. Dec. 1. If the parade is rained out, it will be rescheduled Dec. 8.