Yo Adrian, why is a toilet running in the Parade of Lights?

Get ready, Denver: We’re bringing mountain magic — and a trotting commode — to Denver’s grandest holiday tradition.

November 24, 2017 | By: Jimmy Luthye

Each year, more than 400,000 people gather on an oft-frosty December night in downtown Denver to celebrate the holidays at the 9NEWS Parade of Lights.

The running toilet poses for the camera at the 9NEWS Parade of Lights
The running toilet poses for the camera at the 9NEWS Parade of Lights.

The joyous event is free (!!!) and features marching bands, balloons, floats and, as all great parades should, a running toilet.

For the past three years, Denver Water has been a proud participant in this beloved event, bringing with us our “Mountain Magic” float, a crew of dedicated employees and, of course, everyone’s favorite jogging john.

But why would your local water provider feel compelled to be in the Parade of Lights?

A few reasons, actually:

  1. Parades are awesome.
  2. In Denver and throughout Colorado, water truly connects us all. What better place to connect with the community we love?
  3. It’s the running toilet’s favorite event of the year.

If you check out the parade this year, be on the lookout for our float, which celebrates the gift of mountain snowpack by following the journey of water from mountaintop to tap, complete with reservoirs, the Moffat Tunnel, rivers (kayakers included) and more.

The 43-year-old event takes place Friday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m.

Come celebrate with us and the community, and, as is always good practice, help stop the running toilet. He’s been training harder than ever and claims to be in the best shape of his life.

But we’ll let you be the judge of that …

Happy holidays from your friends at Denver Water!

Contributing: Steve Snyder, Dave Gaylinn, Gianna Lombardi

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