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In honor of TCU’s Sesquicentennial, head football coach Sonny Dykes will serve as the grand marshal of the 2023 Parade of Lights Nov. 19 in downtown Fort Worth. TCU’s 150th year has been devoted to celebrating the positive impact of Horned Frog alumni, students, faculty, staff and other leaders in the Fort Worth community, across the country and across the globe.  

“TCU is proud to sponsor the Grand Marshal float in recognition of the community and people that have supported TCU’s mission for 150 years,” Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr., said. “Coach Dykes is a great representation of the Horned Frog spirit and we are proud he will lead the beloved Parade of Lights.” 

What began in 1983 with a crowd of only 25,000 spectators and 25 floats has grown to become Fort Worth’s most beloved holiday tradition and Texas' largest illuminated holiday parade. Year after year, North Texas families gather to experience the lights on 100+ professionally designed floats, energetic marching bands, sparkling antique cars, precision equestrian units, festive horse-drawn carriages and carolers spreading Christmas cheer along the 1.59-mile parade route. The night will conclude with Santa and Mrs. Claus appearing on the specially designed, LED-lit, grand finale float. 

With the parade in its 41st year, Fort Worth-based GM Financial has renewed is commitment to the parade for the sixth year in a row and will continue its title sponsorship through 2027.   

With a sold-out crowd expected for this year’s “Holiday Magic” themed parade, attendees are encouraged to purchase reserved “Street Seats,” available now online. Visit the TCU calendar for more

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