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Palm Springs is preparing to host its annual holiday tree lighting and parade next month.

The tree lighting is scheduled to be held at 5:15 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Frances Stevens Park, 500 N. Palm Canyon Drive, according to a statement on the city’s website.

Twenty-four hours later the city will host the 31st annual Festival of Lights Parade on Palm Canyon Drive, which usually attracts up to 100,000 spectators. Floats, marching bands, large holiday balloons, and Santa Claus will all be part of the parade, which has become one of the Coachella Valley’s signature holiday events.

This year’s Community Grand Marshal is Hannah Wright, winner of the reality series “Love Island. She will ride with her fiancée Marco Donatelli, NBC Palm Springs film critic Manny The Movie Guy, and Palm Springs Fire Chief Paul Alvarado and his wife Kitty, all of whom are also designated community grand marshals.

Buddy Holly, Palm Springs’ canine mayor, will serve as the parade’s first “canine grand marshal.

NBC Palm Springs will begin its parade coverage at 6 p.m. For more information about visit

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