2013 CHESAPEAKE ENERGY PARADE OF LIGHTS TO BE THE ‘CLEANEST HOLIDAY PARADE IN AMERICA’
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (November 19, 2013) – The 31st annual Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights presented by CHASE will not only be one of the largest illuminated parades taking place this holiday season, but also the ‘cleanest holiday parade in America’ in 2013, due to a partnership between parade producers, Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and the Tarrant Regional Water District.
Taking place in Downtown Fort Worth the day after Thanksgiving on November 29, the 2013 Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights will feature dozens of “Reverse Litter” volunteers who will pass out small litter bags along the parade route and encourage attendees to dispose of their trash after the event.
“By passing their trash-filled bags forward after Santa makes his appearance, parade revelers can do their part in making the Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights the ‘cleanest holiday parade in America,” said Marilyn Ackmann, chair of the Festivals and Events Committee for Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc..
The Reverse Litter team will also have a booth in the “Holiday Fun Zone” arts-and-entertainment area, located in General Worth Square on Main Street between 8th and 9th Streets, beginning at 2 p.m. on the day of the parade, where volunteers will educate the public about the “Reverse Litter” initiative taking place and also on other anti-litter campaigns that help keep local waterways clean.
“Much of the litter we see on land eventually ends up in our waterways, because the storm drains in Downtown Fort Worth lead straight to the Trinity River,” said Chad Lorance, communications manager at Tarrant Regional Water District. “Our efforts to make the Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights the ‘cleanest holiday parade in America’ will also help keep our river clean.”
Volunteers interested in helping with the “Reverse Litter” campaign at this year’s Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights can learn more by visiting www.ReverseLitter.com or www.Facebook.com/ReverseLitter, or by contacting Anthony Spangler at (817) 332-0404 / firstname.lastname@example.org. All volunteers will also receive a reserved Parade seat, t-shirt and complimentary refreshments.
For the latest updates on the 31st annual Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights, visit our website at www.FortWorthParadeOfLights.org, “like” us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ParadeofLightsFW, or “follow” us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/ParadeOf_Lights.
ABOUT THE CHESAPEAKE ENERGY PARADE OF LIGHTS
Chesapeake Energy Corporation is the Title Sponsor of the 31st annual Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights, which is produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. and presented by CHASE. 2013 sponsors include Chesapeake Energy, CHASE, XTO Energy, Tarrant County College, Sundance Square, Coors Distributing Company, Atmos Energy, GM Financial, Hilton Fort Worth, and Frost Bank. Media Sponsors include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, KTXA-TV / Channel 21, KLUV-FM / 98.7 K-LUV, KTFW-FM / 92.1 HANK FM, and KFWR-FM / 95.9 The Ranch. For more information, visit www.FortWorthParadeofLights.org.
ABOUT DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH INITIATIVES, INC.
Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and the Public Improvement District by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, residential development and park management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival and the annual Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights presented by CHASE, which includes the lighting ceremony for the city’s Sundance Square Christmas Tree. These events have an economic impact of more than $19 million annually and attract thousands of visitors to downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.