From the Main Street Electrical Parade to the Paint the Night Parade

After enduring through five years, 260 weeks, 1,820 days, and 43,680 hours of anticipation in pure agony, Disneyland attendees were lifted from their misery when Disneyland revealed the opening date for the Paint the Night Parade as part of the 60th anniversary celebration. On May 22, 2015, Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration began their celebrating by dazzling the castle with diamonds and adding special shows to the night, such as the Paint the Night Parade. To honor the birth of Disneyland in a year-long celebration, all the festivities dedicated to their 60th anniversary are still available to the public visiting the park today.

The popular parade that debuted its last run on April 18, 2010 in Disney’s California Adventure Park was known as the Main Street Electrical Parade. Disneyland did not bring back that same parade, but instead introduced a new twist to the original light spectacular and called it the Paint the Night Parade.

The Main Street Electrical Parade was always in high demand at all Disney parks. The parks’ managers attempted to put the parade to an end multiple times due to the finances through the roof needed to support it, but the parade always seemed to somehow get drawn back to one of the Disney parks not long after it’s closing date due to the many complaints filed. The Electrical Parade rotated through Disneyland Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World, allowing all the parks to get a taste of the light-filled spectacular.

The Main Street Electrical Parade stepped into the light on June 17, 1972, displaying over half a million lights and more than 500 miles of wiring. Anyone who witnessed this work of magic would recognize the unique sound in which the parade lit up to: Baroque Hoedown. Electronic pioneers, Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley, originally invented the song by toying with the Moog Synthesizer. Walt Disney liked the uncommon tune of Baroque Hoedown so much that he dedicated it as the background music for his parade.

The Main Street Electric Parade in 1972

The Paint the Night Parade is inspired by the Electrical Parade. Disney modernized its sound by using Owl City’s “When Will I see You Again.” Paint the Night is brighter and more vibrant than any parade ever performed in Disneyland. Over 1.5 million colorful LED lights brighten up Main Street when this parade rolls through. Disneyland dreamt up a dazzling parade that shines brighter than diamonds to end every night’s celebration for their 60th anniversary.

Paint the Night Parade


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