Six Flags Great America adding night time parade in 2010

Posted Thursday, September 24, 2009 11:47 PM | Contributed by Chitown

[Ed. note: The following is part of an unedited press release. -J]

Six Flags Great America announced today the launch of an all-new Glow in the Park parade set to begin May 29, 2010. The parade will feature drummers, puppeteers, singers, dancers and kinetic stilt walkers to create an unparalleled nighttime spectacular. Glow in the Park will incorporate the artistic talents of a highly distinguished production team creating an unparalleled nighttime parade spectacular at Six Flags Great America. The Glow in the Park parade will kick off at 9:30 p.m. Memorial Day and will run through August 15.

The parade will feature five custom-designed floats, 65 performers and approximately 35 support staff members and technicians. Each float will be adorned with vibrant-multicolored lights that will illuminate the midways and surround guests with custom-composed cirque-inspired music. Each float will be accompanied by its own plethora of talented performers and characters. The Glow in the Park nighttime parade will start in Hometown Square and will take approximately 30 minutes to wind through four themed sections including Carousel Plaza, Orleans Place and Mardi Gras.

“Six Flags Great America is proud to introduce such a magnificent parade that utilizes world-acclaimed creative resources and talents,” said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great America park president. “We are dedicated to providing superior and diversified entertainment that will thrill the entire family and are confident that our new Glow in the Park parade will add excitement to our theme park offerings.”

The parade will utilize the combined talents of Gary Goddard Entertainment, a world-renowned creative group; who have already successfully produced Glow in the Park parade for several other Six Flags parks. The Gary Goddard Entertainment team is responsible for creating several attractions at various theme parks throughout the world including “The Spiderman Adventure” and “T2/3D” at Universal Studios Florida and “The Jurassic Park River Adventure” at Universal Studios in California. GGE is also the mastermind behind the Georgia Aquarium. For Glow in the Park, Goddard has enlisted one of Cirque Du Soleil's premier composers, Benoit Jutras, to produce the music for the parade. Raul Rodriguez, the internationally acclaimed conceptual parade designer, was commissioned to create the float designs. Michael La Fleur, whose résumé includes artistic coordinator for Celine Dion's “A New Day” in Las Vegas, Imagineer for Disney and extensive Broadway musical and play work, will create fluid choreographed numbers for the Glow in the Park performers.

Read more of the press release from Six Flags.

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Friday, September 25, 2009 12:13 AM

With that creative team, you would've thought that Six Flags was producing the opening ceremonies at the next Olympics...

Friday, September 25, 2009 10:06 AM

Guess this means no chang for 2010 :/

Friday, September 25, 2009 11:42 AM

I'd be willing to bet Chang doesn't end up at SFGAm...ever.

Friday, September 25, 2009 11:59 AM

^ St. Louis looking rather qualified for a Chang transplant right about now. :)

Friday, September 25, 2009 1:27 PM

Chang would be a good fit in St Louis but its not headed there.

Friday, September 25, 2009 2:11 PM

I really hope this turns out to be as good as its sounding! Original composition? SWEET!

Friday, September 25, 2009 5:30 PM

This press release is very misleading since it implies that the show is being created. The parade has already been produced and they're just replicating what is already in place at several of their other parks like Great Adventure and Over Texas.

Friday, September 25, 2009 7:05 PM

The one at GAdv was quite good and very well-received. I think it'll be a big hit...(although I'm bugged by the fact that "ridership" numbers for a parade might be tricky to acquire)... :~P

Saturday, September 26, 2009 12:31 AM

Unparalleled? That's a bit is claiming in ads that Bizzaro is "All New."

Monday, September 28, 2009 1:38 AM

^ It's called marketing.

Do you really expect them to sell the new show to potential guests by describing it the way enthusiasts recognize it for being?

"Presenting Glow in the Park for 2010: A rather generic, watered-down version of the Disney Main Street Electrical Parade. It's a parade that has already been making its rounds at other Six Flags parks in past years, so it's not unique by any means. Buy your 2010 Season Pass TODAY!"


Last edited by kRaXLeRidAh, Monday, September 28, 2009 1:40 AM
Monday, September 28, 2009 1:59 AM

Completely agree with you Krax.

The local Chicago area customers will look at this as a new and exciting parade.


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