Lodi Parade of Lights – Thursday, December 3!


It may not look like the Holidays, but the Chamber has started planning for the 20th Annual Lodi Parade of Lights. The event will be held on December 3, 2015 with step off at 6:17 pm in Downtown Lodi.

After reviewing all the wonderful theme suggestions we received, the judges agreed that this year the Lodi Parade of Lights will have a “Down Home Christmas” theme.

Please see the link below to download the parade application. If you have any questions please contact Chet Somera at csomera@lodichamber.com or 209-367-7840 ext. 110


Lodi Chamber Looking For Organization To Take Over Parade in 2016

After 10 months of consideration, the Lodi District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors have decided not to produce the Lodi Parade of Lights after this year. The Chamber is therefore seeking a local organization to pass the responsibility of producing and managing this community loved event beginning in 2016, according to Chamber President/CEO Pat Patrick.

The Chamber’s mission is to work to create a stronger local economy. The Chamber devotes all of its financial resources, business expertise, Board, volunteer and staff talents towards this end, which created Vision 2020. Vision 2020 was created through the Chamber with over 65 business owners, community and organization leaders.

The Board agreed that Vision 2020 must be successful for Lodi’s continued economic prosperity. The project includes five major areas of economic improvement, fueled by 16 major strategies and 55 action steps. Currently, 35 of the 55 action steps are in some form of development. The project and its goals are ambitious and have created a huge body of work for chamber staff and Board, according to Patrick.

“The work of Vision 2020 is the Chamber’s number one job, and it is a huge endeavor. We are working with our business partners, the school district and the City to move the goals in a positive direction. This effort requires a lot of meetings and creating programs that have never been done before, but are vital for Lodi,” said Lodi Chamber Board Chair Thom Sanchez.

“The Parade of Lights is a wonderful event, but is off our mission. The Parade stretches us too thin and therefore we are not as effective as we want to be,” noted Patrick.

The Chamber stepped into the void to produce the parade when the Downtown Business Partnership disbanded in 2013. We are proud of our safety improvements we’ve brought to the parade, making it more inclusive for citizens, increasing sponsorships, expanding to three broadcasting booths and adding more street vendors. We believe all of this contributed to making the parade fun for all of Lodi. We feel a great deal of responsibility to insure the new producer continues moving the parade in a positive direction, Patrick explained.

The Chamber has developed a special Board sub-committee to oversee the hand-off of the Parade to another organization. This organization should be able to demonstrate expertise in the following areas:

  • Has a stable group of dependable volunteers
  • Event production experience,
  • Experience working with the media,
  • Marketing experience
  • Organizational skills
  • Recognizes the importance of parade safety and will agree to develop a working relationship with Public Works and Police Departments

Interested parties must be a legal entity such as a corporation, a 501 c 3 or 6 type organization.

Please send a letter of interest to the attention of Chet Somera, Lodi Chamber of Commerce 35 S. School Street, Lodi, CA 95240 or emailed to csomera@lodichamber.com.

Once Somera receives a letter of interest, he will contact the organization to arrange an interview. Interested parties should send their letter as soon as possible; the Chamber will choose an organization to take over the parade by the end of October.