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Exciting news for the holiday season and folks in the Lake/Marion area: break out your winter jackets and warm hats, because on December 12 at 5:30 pm, the city of Ocala will be hosting their annual Christmas Parade.
What’s new with the Christmas parade?
Hosted by Friends of the Christmas Parade, Inc., this event has been a part of the local community for a running 65 years. Although the Grand Marshal has yet to be announced, the parade theme for 2020 is “A Heroes’ Christmas,” to pay tribute to the frontline workers who have sacrificed so much during this year.
The mission of this annual parade is, “To turn Christmas spirit into Community spirit,” according to the event’s Facebook page. And the Ocala Christmas Parade has done just that. With gathering families, costumed parade participants, local marching bands and even a featured float with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, this parade is just what Florida folks of all ages need to get in the festive mood for the holidays.
The parade tends to see the same faces year after year as the local community counts down the days to this favorite event. Complete with entertainment, twinkling lights and deliciously local food, this Christmas Parade is the perfect way to spend your Saturday evening.
The parade will span the distance of SE 25th Avenue to SS Blvd ending on NE 8th Ave.
According to their website, the city is still working with health officials to ensure the safest experience for guests of the event. A complete detail of festival protocols was handed out during the mandatory packet pickup sessions for any attending vendors or organizations in late November.
If you would like to learn more about and keep up with the event, visit the website at ocalachristmasparade.org, search “Ocala Christmas Parade” on Facebook or call 352-624-2022.