Applications Now Open For BLINK Parade


CINCINNATI, OH -- The streets of Cincinnati will once again come alive with a procession of light and creativity this fall. Organizers of BLINK®, illuminated by ArtsWave, announce the return of its kickoff parade this fall, with a new theme: "Let It Shine!"

Applications for groups to participate are now open here:

The parade will place on Thursday, October 17, 2024 at sundown and will feature a diverse procession of artists, youth and cultural groups, artist institutions, community organizations, and more adorned in illuminated sculptures, larger-than-life puppets, dazzling performers, and glowing costumes.

Free for all and showcasing thousands of community participants, the parade has become a cherished tradition and an official marker of the multi-day public art celebration. The "Let It Shine!" theme will be felt throughout all of Thursday’s Opening Ceremonial activities.

Applications are open through August 4, 2024. Full application details are available by visiting

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