LOOK: Photos of the Parade of Lights

The annual Parade of Lights processed across town on December 2 and drew thousands of spectators. Here’s a look at what we saw.

A massive tiger floats above the parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
A massive tiger floats above the parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
A massive tiger floats above the parade of lights. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The annual Parade of Lights processed across town on December 2 and drew thousands of spectators. Here’s a look at what we saw, including some less-jolly folks, protestors rallying for the repeal of the city’s urban camping ban. The issue came to a head on Monday night. But the protestors’ presence was overwhelmed by holiday joy, and there was certainly plenty to look at. See for yourself:

Kassie Hubbard prepares for the parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Kassie Hubbard has glitter applied to her face before the parade. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Overland High School students Maggie O'Riley (right to left), Grant Gulevich, Finn O'Riley and Malik Elgomati before the parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Overland High School students Maggie O’Riley (right to left), Grant Gulevich, Finn O’Riley and Malik Elgomati dressed as elves. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The clown dressing room before the parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
The clown dressing room before the parade of lights. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Clown Ron Seigneur in the clown dressing room before the parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Clown Ron Seigneur in the clown dressing room. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Clowns Tracey Campbell and Mark Williams in the clown dressing room before the parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Clowns Tracey Campbell and Mark Williams sit nonchalantly. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Clown Terrance Carroll in the clown dressing room before the parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Clown Terrance Carroll has his photo taken, twice. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Jerry Burton speaks at a right to rest protest as elves pass in the background during the parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) protest; right to rest; homeless; parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Jerry Burton speaks at a “right to rest” protest as elves pass in the background before the parade. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Brandice McMillen speaks at a right to rest protest during the parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) protest; right to rest; homeless; parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Protest organizer Brandice McMillen speaks at a “right to rest” rally during the parade. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Jerry Burton speaks at a right to rest protest during the parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) protest; right to rest; homeless; parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Jerry Burton speaks at the protest. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The CSU marching band. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
The CSU marching band. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
A giant nutcracker and rocking horse. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
A giant nutcracker and rocking horse. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Steve Snyder and the Denver Water Running Toilet at the parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Steve Snyder and the Denver Water Running Toilet pose for a photo. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
A floating tiger and wrapped gift and the capitol. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
A floating tiger and wrapped gift and the Capitol. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The CSU marching band. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
The CSU marching band flag twirlers. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The CSU marching band. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
The CSU marching band. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
An illuminated horse. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
An illuminated horse. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
A dragon operated by the Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu school. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
A dragon operated by the Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu school. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Cosmic jellyfish. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Cosmic jellyfish. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
A decked-out low-rider. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
A decked-out low-rider. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Clowns delight children. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
A clown delights children. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The Denver Citywide Marching Band. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
The Denver Citywide Marching Band. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The Denver Citywide Marching Band. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
The Denver Citywide Marching Band. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Superman high-fives spiderman. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Superman high-fives spiderman. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Dancers twirl to "Feliz Navidad." Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Dancers twirl to “Feliz Navidad.” (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
A tent representing a right to rest protest before a float at the parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) protest; right to rest; homeless; parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
A tent representing a right to rest protest before a float at the parade of lights. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Firedancers march down Tremont. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Firedancers march down Tremont. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The big man himself. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) parade of lights; holiday; christmas; civic center; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
The big man himself. Parade of lights. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Kevin Beaty is a media producer with experience in a variety of settings spanning Hollywood film sets to international backpack journalism expeditions. He is on a never-ending quest to meld artful imagery, functional design and intimate storytelling. His biggest struggle in any given moment is whether to shoot stills or video. Find him on Twitter and Instagram at @kevinjbeaty.