East Peoria Lights Wreath

By WEEK Producer

November 21, 2011 Updated Nov 21, 2011 at 7:01 PM CDT

For more than a quarter of a century, it's been the unofficial start to the holiday-season.

Monday night East Peoria kicked off its 27th Annual Festival of Lights.

After a countdown, the Festival of Lights Queen helped light the largest wreath in central Illinois for the holiday season.

"I'm really excited to be a part of of the parade. This year I will be in it instead of sitting from the sidelines watching," said Demi Broderson, Festival of Lights Queen.

Broderson an East Peoria native and a junior at East Peoria Community High School.

The Festival of Lights Parade will be this Saturday.

It begins at 5:45 from the intersection of East Washington Street and Dolans Lane.

This year, it will end in a different place, at the Intersection of Main Street and Springfield Road near CVS.