A Parade-Goers Guide for the GM Financial Parade of Lights 2021

November 18,2021


The GM Financial Fort Worth Parade of Lights is coming up on Sunday, November 21! Here's our list of things to know before you go:

When & Where

The parade kicks off at 6 PM on Sunday, November 21, 2021, in Downtown Fort Worth!

Parade viewing

Reserved seating is still available, and nearly all sidewalks along the parade route will be open for free viewing. For more on reserved seating and the parade route, click here. 

Getting here

Street closures will begin as early as 4pm, so make plans come early and fill your day in Downtown with dining, shopping, and seeing the Fort Worth Christmas Tree in Sundance Square Plaza!

Driving down? Some of our Downtown garages offer free parking, and there are many, low-cost parking lots available throughout Downtown. Pro tip: call a friend and make plans to carpool!

For public transporation, TEXRail is a great option! Park-and-ride opportunities are available at both the North Side Station (2829 Decatur Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76106) and the Fort Worth T&P Station (221 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76102). The North Side Station also features an overflow lot at 3001 Decatur Avenue. Frequency on Sunday will be increased to a train every 30 minutes help move riders in and out of Downtown more quickly.

Trinity Metro advises that bus service will not be an optimal option due to traffic congestion leading up to the start time of the Parade. 

Heads up: The Trinity Railway Express (“TRE”) will not operate at all on Sunday.

For more on transportation and street closures, click here.

Downtown Dining options

You can’t watch the parade on an empty stomach! Check out our list of Downtown restaurants here.

2021 Grand Marshal

This year's Grand Marshal is Ms. Opal Lee, the 95-year-old civil rights icon, activist, educator, author, and “grandmother of Juneteenth". 

In addition, Ms. Lee has authorized the distribution of 1,000 FREE copies of her children’s book, “Juneteenth: A Children’s Story,” which introduces the history of slavery and freedom to children in an easy-to-understand way, while also highlighting the celebration of Juneteenth and the importance of commemorating the milestone across America. Stop by the tent in General Worth Square (Main St. between 8th and 9th streets) beginning at noon to pick up a free copy!

For more information on the GM Financial Parade of Lights, visit fortworthparadeoflights.org.