St. Augustine’s 61st Annual Christmas Parade ushered in the holiday season with floats, festive decorations and plenty of fun and rain. Lots of local organizations participated in this event, making it one of the largest parades in Northeast Florida. Holiday season decorations adorned all the entries, from floats to marching bands to antique cars and horses and carriages. The crowds were not intimated by the rain and came out to support the parade. Even Santa joined in the spectacle, as visitors and locals alike came down to the Historic District to watch the procession.
The parade began at the Mission of Nombre de Dios at 27 Ocean Ave. at 10am, and proceeded south through downtown and then finished behind the Visitors Center at 10 West Castillo Drive. Spectators were able to view the parade from the historic streets of downtown St. Augustine. After the parade, everyone was welcomed to stop by the Plaza de la Constitución to have pictures taken with Santa.