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 Public Workers Electric Light Parade



The parade steps off at 6 p.m. from River Street, proceeds down King Street and the first unit arrives at Honolulu Hale at 6:30 p.m.  The parade ends when the Santa Claus float goes past Honolulu Hale at approximately 7:45 p.m.


The 50-plus unit parade features marching bands from local schools, the Royal Hawaiian Band and more than 30 lighted and uniquely-decorated city vehicles including, fire trucks, TheBus, TheHandiVan, a dump truck, HPD Mobile Command Center, sewer truck, electric carts, and other units by Honolulu City Lights sponsors.  Santa arrives in a specially designed, brilliantly lighted, 20-foot float.


The parade is sponsored by Hawaiian Electric Company, Macy's, and the Friends of Honolulu City Lights, and presented by the City and County of Honolulu.


This one of the only parades that stops to let viewers get an up-close look at the decorated units. Parade vehicles are parked on King Street, after all units arrive, for people to view the vehicles that are decorated by City employees. The parade brings positive recognition to the efforts and contributions of our departments and agencies.

The Public Workers Electric Light Parade is held as part of the Honolulu City Lights Opening Night Celebration, held on the first Saturday in December.


  • The parade route is on King Street from River Street to Kawaiahao Street.
  • Step off is approximately 6 p.m. and arrives at Honolulu Hale at 6:30 p.m.
  • For the general street closures flyer click here .
  • For street closure details click here.


  • Smaller crowds and unobstructed views are available in Chinatown and Downtown (from River Street to Fort Street Mall).  Parking and a variety of restaurants are located in this area.
  • The largest crowd gathers in front of Honolulu Hale to view the tree lighting program and the parade. Crowds also fill the sideswalks on both sides of King Street between Bishop and Punchbowl Streets.  Parade route map here.
  • WARNING - You may not be able to see the marching bands and vehicles if you are situated past Honolulu Hale between Alapai and Kawaiahao Streets.  Vehicle units will be parked in this area and the bands will stop performing to disembark to their buses.



  • Event parking is at the Fasi Municipal Building Parking lot at the corner of Beretania and Alapai Streets.  This lot fills quickly on opening night.  Parking is free after 4:30 p.m.
  • If you wish to see the parade in Chinatown, there are parking lots in the area. However, you will need to park before the street closures for the parade take place. Also, you may have to wait for the streets to reopen to exit certain lots.


  • The opening ceremony live broadcast will be from 6 to 10 p.m. on Oceanic Cablevision Olelo on the first Saturday in December and is repeated during the month.
  • Schedule to be announced.

  • Parade Coordinator Edward Oi at Dept. of Customer Services - 768-3499.
  • Street Usage Permits Office, Dept. of Transportation Services - 768-8387.
  • TheBus route information - 848-5555


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