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Glow in the Park

Details emerge of new Six Flags parades

When “Glow in the Park” parades were announced for two Six Flags Parks in 2008, details were scant. Now we know a little more.

Gary Goddard Entertainment (GGE) is to produce the displays, creating characters and floats adorned with singers, dancers, puppeteers and stilt walkers – plus thousand of lights – all accompanied by Cirque-style music.

Each Glow in the Park parade will have five major floats and a cast of more than 60 performers, giving guests a compelling reason to stay until dark. The first will debut at Six Flags Mexico on March 1, followed by Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey a few months later.

“This is a parade that will give Six Flags their own personality,” promises Gary Goddard. “We wanted to give them a parade that would not be seen as a low-budget Disney parade but would stand on its own in terms of entertainment value and visual appeal. This is a night-time parade all about lights.”

“Our approach is to bring a large sense of theatre to the parade,” continues Goddard, “comparable to Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil or Stomp! We’ve signed Benoit, composer of O, Mystère and Le Rêve at the Wynn Las Vegas. He’s an amazing composer who has done some of the best shows in the world. His unique, dynamic music is what you associate with Cirque du Soleil. We also have Raul Rodriguiz, the most highly regarded designer of the Rose Parade. We have tried to bring dynamic new designers together to bring a new look and new sound to theme park parades.”

Gary Goddard Entertainment founder and CEO Gary Goddard, and president Ty Granaroli, review plans for the new Six Flags parades

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