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The city will host its 30th annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade Saturday evening with Santa Claus, four grand marshals and much more.

The annual lights parade will be held at 5:45 p.m. Saturday on Palm Canyon Drive between West Ramon Road and East Tachevah Road, according to city officials

“We invite the entire Coachella Valley to bring the whole family and come celebrate the magic of the holidays in downtown Palm Springs, truly like no place else!” Middleton said in a statement.

The four community grand marshals this year will be Palm Springs Police Chief Andy Mills; Grammy-winner and DJ for Mod F.M. Don Wardell; Spectrum News anchor and founder of a Coachella Valley-based foundation Bianca Rae; and Spectrum News reporter, Los Angeles Magazine columnist and founder of the Vintage Los Angeles blog Alison Martino, city officials said.

The parade was first held in the early 1990’s and has been a holiday tradition in downtown Palm Springs since, city officials said.

It was first brought to life by former Mayor Will Kleindienst and a small group of community members who wanted to offer an event that celebrated the holiday season’s spirit and joy while also creating a unique tourism event, officials said. Since it began, it’s estimated to have brought around 100,000 people annually to the downtown area.

This year, the parade will feature twinkling floats, marching bands, holiday balloons and a visit from Santa Claus, city officials said. In the past 29 years, the parade has also featured the Budweiser Clydesdales, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and Snoopy and the Gang.

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