An old fashioned Christmas parade

Posted On October 16, 2007

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“An Old Fashioned Holiday” is the theme for the 2007 Christmas Parade scheduled for Monday evening, December 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Walton Beach.

Mayor Mike Anderson will serve as the Grand Marshal in this annual event, which will kick off the Holiday Season on the Emerald Coast. Musical entertainment will be provided by area school bands and participating applicants as the parade march moves up Eglin Parkway from First Street to Uptown Station.

Parade Officials are eagerly looking forward to an exciting and entertaining evening, and encourage all schools, bands, youth groups, churches and businesses, as well as civic, military, religious and service organizations to participate. The last float in the parade will feature Santa Claus accompanied by his elves which will be dispersing Christmas trinkets to the children, both young and old, along the parade route.

The parade entries will be divided into five different categories and the following awards will be presented:

Best Service Club Entry
Best Military Marching Unit
Best Commercial (Business) Entry
Best Entry by a Youth Organization
Best Entry by a Religious Organization

A panel of prominent citizens will judge the event and the winners will be awarded plaques and recognized at the City Council Meeting.

To obtain a parade entry application, or receive additional information on the Christmas Parade, contact JoAnn Hofstad at the Parks & Recreation Department located at 132 Jet Drive, Fort Walton Beach, or call (850) 833-9576. The deadline to submit parades application is November 28 at 5 p.m.