Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Disneyland

Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Disneyland

The beloved parade comes back to Disneyland for a limited time By: Samantha Davis-Friedman
<p>For a limited time, visitors to Disneyland can see the beloved electrical parade. // © 2017 Scott Brinegar/Disneyland</p><p>Feature image (above):...

For a limited time, visitors to Disneyland can see the beloved electrical parade. // © 2017 Scott Brinegar/Disneyland

Feature image (above): The Main Street Electrical Parade helped establish a Disney Parks reputation for innovative, trend-setting live entertainment // © 2017 Gregg Newton


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The Main Street Electrical Parade has consistently been one of the most beloved Disney entertainment spectacles, with generations of families sharing the nostalgic experience. From 1972 to 1996, the parade made more than 3,600 sparking trips down Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland, and after stints at Disney parks around the world, it is now back where it began through Aug. 20.

“The Electrical Parade has everything you remember,” said show director John Addis. “All 600,000 light bulbs of it.”

Leading the way is the original opening train float pulling the iconic giant drum that, for the first time in more than 20 years, proclaims “Disneyland Presents ... Main Street Electrical Parade” in bright lights. Following the drum are 21 floats covered in thousands of colorful LED twinkling lights. The floats represent scenes and characters from seven classic Disney films — including an 18-foot clock tower looming over Cinderella’s ball, and the smoke-breathing dragon from “Pete’s Dragon.” In addition, the parade’s iconic musical theme, the electrically synthesized “Baroque Hoedown,” has been interwoven with a different Disney tune for each float.

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