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Lighting the High Level Bridge

The High Level Bridge now has 60,000 LED bulbs thanks to the Light the Bridge campaign! The Bridge will now be lit every night, and this state-of-the-art programmable system is available for requests.

Light the Bridge celebrates and builds community spirit in Edmonton. The bridge lights are a beautifying element to our cityscape, a symbol of pride for locals, and part of our Edmonton story. They can also be used to help represent Edmonton and share our story with national and international audiences.

Calendar of Special Requests

The City of Edmonton proactively fills the calendar to help recognize major events and cultural celebrations. Our aim is to reflect the diversity of people who call Edmonton home and our connection to the global community.

Citizens are invited to make requests based on the criteria outlined below. We strive to fulfill all eligible requests, but any confirmed request may be modified if a major international, national or local situation occurs.

If there is not a special request for a date, the bridge will be lit in a variety of colours. This calendar is subject to change without notice.

 
Date Reason Colours
Oct 9 Thanksgiving Red/Yellow/White/Brown
Oct 10 Light Up Purple for World Mental Health Day Purple
Oct 11 Refiguring Innovation in Games Conference 2017 Blue/Pink/White
Oct 12 ADHD Awareness Month Green/Purple
Oct 13 Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematices (STEM) Week Purple
Oct 14 Innovation Day 70th Anniversary Purple/Gold/Green
Oct 15 * International Pregnancy & Infant Loss Day Light Pink/Light Blue/White
Oct 15 * In recognition of Somalian tragedy Blue/White
Oct 16 Edmonton Startup Week Green
Oct 17 DEDfest International Genre Film Festival Orange/Purple
Oct 19 Diwali Yellow/Orange/Red/Green
Oct 20 Breast Cancer Awareness Month Pink

 

* Alternating every 30 minutes.

Application Request Information

Applications must be not-for-profit, community-focused and received at least three weeks prior to the requested date. Requests are processed in the order in which they are received and are considered on a case-by-case basis using the following criteria:

  • Support an event of national or international significance (such as Canada Day or Edmonton hosting major international events)
  • Support of a local festival or event that positively impacts local community spirit 
  • Support a local, national or international awareness issue that builds community (such as Treaty 6 Recognition Day or End Bullying Pink Shirt Day or World Cancer Day)

Other Recognized Lighting Events

  • Acknowledge and welcome visiting dignitaries (such as the Royal Family or international civic officials) hosted by our city
  • Tributes or memorial requests for well-documented local or national figures or service members will complement existing City of Edmonton Protocol.

Multi-day requests will not be accepted. The City of Edmonton reserves the right to deny requests that do not merit public support or are mainly personal, private, political, polarizing or commercial in nature.

If you would like to make a request to change the High Level Bridge lighting colours, please submit an online application to the Civic Events Office, a minimum of three weeks prior to the requested date.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the bridge be lit?

 Starting at 11pm Canada Day, 2014 and then every night after that, 365 days a year.

What hours will it be lit?

It will change with the seasons. The bridge will be lit when it starts to get dark, and will turn off late in the evening.  The City of Edmonton sets the hours.

Who decides the colours?

 The City of Edmonton, Civic Events Office.

Can messages be written on the bridge?

No. Since the bridge is not a solid surface, there is nowhere for words to appear. Also, we don’t want the bridge to turn into a billboard.

Can I still buy a bulb?

Thank you for your interest, but bulb purchases are no longer available.

For More Information

Civic Events Office

P.O. Box 2359
Edmonton AB  T5J 0K1

Telephone

780-944-7740

Fax 780-944-0042
Email civic.events@edmonton.ca

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