Parade of Lights

The 78th holiday extravaganza will be Saturday, December 14 at 6 p.m. in downtown Tulsa.

By: JoAnn Frizell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2013

Television and movie actress Sami Isler, 
a native Tulsan, is the 2013 Grand Marshal for the Tulsa Downtown Parade of Lights.

Television and movie actress Sami Isler, a native Tulsan, is the 2013 Grand Marshal for the Tulsa Downtown Parade of Lights.

The Tulsa Downtown Parade of Lights – celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and other holidays – is proud to announce movie and ­television star Samantha (Sami) Isler as the Grand Marshal for the 2013 Parade. Samantha is ­currently ­starring in the NBC sitcom “Sean Saves the World,” which debuted on October 3, 2013. Her co-stars are Sean Hayes (“Will and Grace”) and Linda Lavin (“Alice”) and Megan Hilty (“Smash”).

    Samantha Isler first made her mark with NBC in 2009 as a kid reporter. She recently completed filming the gothic thriller/dark ­comedy “Dig Two Graves” with Ted Levine, and she was also in the April 2013 release “Home Run.”

    Sami is a native Oklahoman, born in Tulsa on October 26, 1998. She had just graduated from the 8th grade at Monte Cassino when Hollywood called.

    The 2013 Parade of Lights will take place on Saturday, December 14 ­beginning at 6 p.m. The route begins at 4th and Elgin, ­travels west on 4th to Boulder, north on Boulder to 1st, then east on 1st to ­finish at Elgin in the Blue Dome District. This is the 78th year for a ­holiday parade in downtown Tulsa.         “The Parade had ­thousands of spectators ­lining the streets last year, and this year will be even bigger and better,” said Larry Fox, Parade Chairman. “It is going to be an unbelievable year of talent and ­entertainment for the Parade of Lights. We are very pleased to have Sami as our Grand Marshal. Once we heard about her and the show, we knew we had to have her!”

    The Parade of Lights invites everyone to come enjoy the 60+ floats, ­balloons, dance groups, ­collegiate and professional sports teams, beauty pageant winners and so much more.     

     The Guthrie Green will be hosting the Downtown Parade of Lights After Party on December 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. Float awards for this year's parade will be announced by Grand Marshal Samantha Isler. The party will have live entertainment, a concert by Star Fisher, food trucks lining the park, and arts and crafts vendors under the north dock at the Holiday Sale. Activities for kids will include meeting Santa, pony rides, and fireworks visible from the park. This year’s fireworks will be a joint contribution between the Downtown Parade of Lights and WinterFest.

    The Parade will be ­televised again this year by KTUL Channel 8. The Tulsa Girls Art School designed this year’s Tulsa Downtown Parade of Lights poster.

    There are plenty of ­parking lots in downtown Tulsa. Visit online at to view the Parade Route Map. You can view the parade anywhere on 1st and 4th Street between Elgin and Denver and on Denver between 1st and 4th Streets. Some viewers report the best place to view the parade is on Denver near the BOK Center and Winterfest. Please note that the Tulsa Police Department will close streets on the parade route at 4 p.m. Lots located inside the “red line” on the map will not be available after that time. The parade will last about one hour.

For more information, contact

Tulsa Parade of Lights

(918) 292-2157


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