The parade included 125 entries and took about two hours to finish. It’s expanded significantly since the first XTO Energy Parade of Lights, in 1983, which featured only 25 units.
While thousands of people came out to watch the floats, bands and groups, hundreds left before the show ended.
Here are five highlights from Sunday’s parade for anyone who couldn’t stick around for the entire thing.
5. The horses wearing little hats:
Few things are more adorable than horses pulling carriages covered in Christmas lights. However, horses wearing little hats while pulling carriages covered in Christmas lights give it some competition.
4. The small herd of Shetland ponies:
Take each cute element listed above and imagine it smaller.
That’s exactly what happened with this entry.
3. Giant balloon characters:
The Angry Birds franchise may have left most of its relevance back in 2013, but that doesn’t stop the birds from making appearances in nearly every major parade in America and the Parade of Lights was no exception. The Angry Birds Cardinal, Canary and Bluebird floated along in the parade behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird.
2. The Grinch riding a unicycle while playing the clarinet:
The DFW Unicycle Club had over a dozen members riding unicycles with Christmas lights in the parade, but this one stood out.
1. Ronald the Ramblin’ Rattler and his “tongue”:
It’s hard to miss a bicyclist powered light-up snake.
It’s was even harder to miss that snake when it opened its mouth to show a woman wearing pink leggings whose only mission was to do leg lifts so she looked like a tongue.
For a complete list of the parades entries, visit the parade’s website.