The BLINK® Future City Spectacular Parade, presented by Skyline Chili and curated by Cincinnati non-profit ArtWorks, returns to kick-off the BLINK art, light and culture event on Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m.

The parade will move south on Vine Street in Downtown Cincinnati, from Eighth Street to Rosa Parks Street and West Freedom Way at The Banks.

2019 BLINK Future City Spectacular Grand Marshal—Jean-Robert Cavel

A world-renowned chef and humanitarian. Jean-Robert de Cavel was born in France and worked abroad before moving to the United States. He came to Cincinnati in 1993 to become the Chef de Cuisine at the Maisonette. He currently owns and operates popular Cincinnati restaurants Jean-Robert’s Table, French Crust Café & Bistro, Le Bar a Boeuf, Frenchie Fresh and Restaurant L in Cincinnati. After the abrupt death of their firstborn child, Jean-Robert de Cavel and his wife Annette Pfund-de Cavel formed the de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation in 2002.

“The BLINK Future City Spectacular Parade shines a light on the many school, church, nonprofit and civic groups, who light up our region each day, said Tamara Harkavy, founding CEO and artistic director of ArtWorks. “BLINK is a rainbow that brings a diverse collection of individuals and groups together for a shared moment of incredible art and community. We’re proud that the 2019 BLINK parade will feature more than 3,000 of your friends and neighbors.”

The BLINK Future City Spectacular Parade will feature:

  • 3,200 individuals
  • 85 total participating groups
  • 19 performance groups
  • 18 lantern-making groups
  • 17 float/kinetic sculptures
  • 17 costume groups
  • 7 puppet groups
  • 7 regional marching bands


Planning to attend? The City of Cincinnati will release helpful information related to traffic and parking. This information will be updated on our site as well closer to the event. Grab a better seat with a VIP Ticket Package. VIP Ticket Holders receive first-come, first-serve VIP viewing area(s) at designated locations along the the BLINK® parade route. Click here for more details.

Want to join the glow? Order light up necklaces, glow sticks, LED hoodies and more at and make your own at an upcoming Future City Spectacular Parade Community Art Workshop.