Who is the Orion Area Parade Group?

The OAPG is a fully licensed, non-profit corporation comprised of volunteers who organize and participate in our Holiday Lighted Parade in the historic Village of Lake Orion, Michigan. Our volunteers come from business and civic organizations as well as area residents.

2013 OAPG
Board of Directors

Bill Kokenos

Vice President
Carl Cyrowski

Nancy King

Tim Plawinski

Kathy Coe
John Cooper
Pat Fuelling
Jennifer Howard
Lois Porter

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We welcome your donation

The Orion Lighted Parade cannot take place without the generosity of our community. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Orion Area Parade Group. 100 percent of your donation goes toward our events. The OAPG is staffed entirely by volunteers.

Sponsorship Levels

$500-$599 Donation: Receive: community recognition, your name on all printed parade promotions, plus your name and link listed on this website.

$1000-$2,999 Donation: Same as above PLUS hand carried banner in parade, live announcement of sponsorship during parade.

$3000+ Donation: Same as previous levels PLUS Major Sponsorship designation.

Welcome to the Orion Area Lighted Parade

Lake Orion, Michigan is the home of one of the only nighttime holiday lighted parades in Michigan. The event—sponsored, planned and coordinated by the Orion Area Parade Group (OAPG)— takes place the first Saturday each December.

The 2012 parade was Saturday, December 1st at 6 p.m. in historic Village of Lake Orion. (map). This year's theme was "Magic on Broadway!"

Watch the parade!

Parade spectators saw a community that comes out in full force to celebrate the season. Floats and vehicles are brightly illuminated with an assortment of Christmas lights. Marching bands blare holiday music. Community groups from the Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, civic organizations, dance studios, local dignitaries and school groups proudly strut down the street and wave to the crowds of onlookers. The parade is capped off by a visit by Santa in his resplendant sleigh, waving to his fans of all ages.

If you are in the area, the OAPG invites and welcomes you to attend or participate in our annual Orion LIghted Parade. Details about how to participate can be found on our Parade page.

Our 2013 parade will be Saturday, December 7th.

Highlights of our 2012 parade

Photos courtesy of Janine Saputo

Holly Jolly Folly

Much of the funding for our Parade activities comes from local fundraisers, including an annual event called Holly Jolly Folly. This evening of entertainment takes place the night before the parade and is a great prelude to an enjoyable holiday themed weekend. Look for more information about the fundraiser on our Holly Jolly Folly page.