If you've been downtown the past week you couldn't help but notice that installation has begun for The Big, Bright Light Show 2012.
In honor of its sixth year of brightening Rochester in its holiday glow, here are six fun facts about the show:
- 1.5 million lights: The lighted buildings on Main extend from the South Bridge to Romeo Street and on Fourth Street from Walnut to Water. There's also a Dazzling Tree of Lights on University. All together that's more than 1.5 million lights.
- Extended dates: New for this year, the display will be lit every evening from November 26 to January 6, 2013. In previous year the show came to an end on January 2.
- Who picks the colors?: Six years ago when the Big, Bright Light Show was being designed, Rochester Downtown Development Authority executive director Kristi Trevarrow asked building and business owners if they had a color preference. "About 20 percent said, 'I would love this color' and fortunately we could accommodate them all." Since the lights are tailored to each building there's no changing them which answers the age-old question, "Why doesn't Rojo have red lights?" (Six years ago Rojo was Andiamo.)
- Where's the pink?: Trevarrow admitted there is one color available that the DDA passed on for the Big, Bright Light Show—pink.
- What happening to purple?: As the years go by, you might notice less and less purple in the show. "The color is being phased out as the company is no longer making purple lights," Trevarrow said.
- What's your favorite color?: Of course everyone has a personal favorite in the Big, Bright Light Show but what is Trevarrow's, the mastermind behind spectacle? "I'm going to say it's Candlelight, which is the white used on Rojo for example. It's funny because when we were designing the show I thought it would be plain, but it turned out to be the brightest so it's my favorite."
The Big, Bright Light Show will debut on November 26 during Lagniappe at 7:00 p.m. The display will be lit every evening from November 26- January 6, 2013 from 6 p.m. to midnight.