Don't miss the 33rd Annual Grand Illumination Parade in Downtown Norfolk. The illumination of the Downtown Norfolk skyline kicks off the festivities as Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth celebrate the holidays as a community. Downtown Norfolk is enlivened by over 80,000 people who fill the streets of Downtown Norfolk on parade night to experience the festive beginning of the holiday season, dazzled by spectacular floats, energetic marching bands, giant balloons, lively dancers and even Santa himself. Downtown Norfolk provides the perfect places to shop, dine, and appreciate all the community has to offer on parade night and beyond. The theme of the parade this year is "From Sea to Shining Sea."