Glowing parade floats, twinkling marching bands illuminate Mag Mile for Lights Festival: photos

The annual festival was lit by more than a million bulbs as hundreds of marching band members, dozens of floats and, of course, Santa Claus himself paraded by on Michigan Avenue.

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Santa Claus rides by on a float Saturday at the annual Festival Lights parade along the Magnificent Mile.

Santa Claus rides by on a float Saturday at the annual Festival Lights parade along the Magnificent Mile.

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The annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival glowed, twinkled, beamed and blinked on Saturday for parade goers looking to get into the holiday sprit.

The festival featured more than a million lights, appearances by Disney characters, hundreds of marching band members, 200 decorated trees, 40 floats and, of course, Santa Claus on his sleigh.

A parade goer plays the drums during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on North Michigan Avenue in the Streeterville neighborhood.

A parade goer plays the drums during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on North Michigan Avenue in the Streeterville neighborhood.

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A person dressed as Goofy waves to the crowd during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on North Michigan Avenue.

A person dressed as Goofy waves to the crowd during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on North Michigan Avenue.

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A member of the Cullman Bearcat Band performs during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

A member of the Cullman Bearcat Band performs during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

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A kid stands on the shoulders of a parade goer to watch the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

A kid stands on the shoulders of a parade goer to watch the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

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A member of Sister Sledge greets crowds during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

A member of Sister Sledge greets crowds during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

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Parade goers with CN walk with a train-themed float during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

Parade goers with CN walk with a train-themed float during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

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A parade goer hangs onto a wheel during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

A parade goer hangs onto a wheel during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

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