Local resident and world famous super model Beverly Johnson, the first African American model to grace the cover of Vogue Magazine, will lead the march along Palm Canyon Drive as this year’s Celebrity Grand Marshal for the 23rd Annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade, the City’s signature holiday event, which every year brings more than 100,000 residents and visitors to downtown Palm Springs on the first Saturday in December. 

In addition, Johnson will receive a star on the prestigious Palm Springs Walk of Stars on the same day of the parade. Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. near La Plaza  located at 155 S. Palm Canyon Drive. 

Johnson will be joined in the parade by Palm Springs Police Chief Bryan Reyes, homegrown boxer Timothy Bradley, Jr. and local realtor and philanthropist Nelda Linsk, who will serve as the parade’s Community Grand Marshals. 

The holiday lights spectacular, slated for Saturday, Dec. 3, kicks off at 5:45 p.m. on Palm Canyon Drive at Ramon Road and heads north concluding at Tamarisk. Each year the much loved parade features just under 100 twinkling floats, magnificent marching bands, huge Macy’s style holiday balloons and Santa Claus and his reindeer on the Jackie Lee Houston Santa Claus Express. 

“The Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade is the biggest and best holiday lights parade in Southern California and beyond,” says Mary Jo Ginther, Director of the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism. “Over the years, it has truly become one of the region’s most beloved holiday events and an important part of the magic that makes the Palm Springs destination, like no place else.”