St Augustine Easter Parade 2018

St. Augustine’s Easter Parade 2018, now in its 59th year, is the nation’s second oldest Easter Parade. The Parada de los Caballos y Coches (Parade of Horses and Carriages) has celebrated Easter annually since 1956.  This is a real hometown parade that welcomes visitors to join in the community’s celebration of the history and culture of the nation’s oldest city. The Grand Marshal in 2018 was Miss Florida, Sara Veng.

Spectators lined the streets to watch the marching bands, floats, drill teams, the Easter Bunny, clowns, the Royal Family, Imperial Storm Troopers, and the city’s carriage horses wearing their Easter hats. Trophies were presented to winners in four categories.

The parade began at 3:00 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, stepping off just north of the Mission of Nombre de Dios, heading south on San Marco Ave., continued south along the bayfront on Avenida Menendez, and winds through downtown to finish at the Plaza de la Constitución.

The St. Augustine Royal Family lead the parade followed by their entourage, bands, locally-made parade floats, pirates, festival representatives along with the Easter Bunny to round out the parade.

Anne Feeney’s Benefit Concert in St Augustine

On March 28th 2018, Anne Feeney performed in St Augustine (Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center) as part of a benefit concert for the “Let Freedom Ring” Chimes Project. The venue was packed and at times the audience sang along. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak to her briefly about her music.

Festival of Chariots in St Augustine 2018

Festival of Chariots, or Rathayatra, is an annual event celebrating Indian and Hindu culture. The festival was celebrated in St. Augustine on Saturday, March 24, 2018, beginning at 10:00 a.m. It featured two colorful parades, live entertainment, vegetarian food, dancing, art vendors, and more. The Rathayatra festival originated in the ancient city of Jagannatha Puri in India to celebrate the Hindu Lord of the Universe.

Visitors viewed the vibrant Festival of Chariots parade in the downtown area from 10:00 a.m. to noon along King Street, beginning and ending at the Plaza de la Constitución. At 1:00 p.m., a walking procession called Harinam began along St. George Street, with colorfully-garbed participants singing and dancing as they proceeded down to Cathedral Place and the Plaza, where a cultural program took place after the procession.

In addition to the parades and other festivities, the festival featured a vegetarian feast highlighting Indian cuisine, music, a dramatic presentation, art vendors, a magic show, face painting, henna tattoos, and much more.

Masses March in St Augustine For Gun Reform

Marchers gathered at Davis Park on the east side of the Bridge of Lions approximately at 4 pm on March 24th. As more and more gathered, hundreds became thousands and so the march was on.
Marchers went on to cross the Bridge of Lions at 5pm.. After crossing, they turned right onto the bayfront heading to the Castillo de San Marcos for a rally.
PVUP supported the student-led March for Our Lives in St. Augustine along with other local progressive organizations. The student organizers welcomed the participation of students from all schools in St. John’s County and elsewhere, as well as all parents, grandparents, other adults, and children. This march was only one in about six thousand cities nation wide, with Washington D.C. being the biggest.

 

A Conversation About “Chimes Project”

The “Chimes Project,” is a major interactive and multi-media art initiative to be located in Robert Hayling Freedom Park, is being undertaken by Compassionate St. Augustine; the grassroots organization Keep Riberia Pointe Green, and the City of St. Augustine.  As the Ancient City’s officially approved permanent public art installation, it will interpretively pay tribute to our city’s African–American & Civil Rights storylines as well as the roles freedom, human rights, democracy, tolerance, civility, and compassion have played and continue to play in creating the narrative.

First Coast.TV got a chance to speak with Caren Goldman in order to get more details on this project to be dedicated on April 4th, at 11am at Robert Hayling Freedom Park.

St Augustine Fashion Week 2018 – Day Three

Day Three


From March 3 to 10, 2018, St. Augustine Fashion Week events have taken place in the nation’s oldest city. St. Augustine Fashion Week brought together creatives in the fashion, design, art, and nonprofit fields in support of a number of causes.

This stylish event featured runway shows by local small brand designers, who showcased their latest collections. The spotlight event were the three nights St. Augustine Fashion Show was being held at the St. Augustine Record building Thursday through Saturday, March 8–10, 2018. This Fashion Week event featured 16 designers who were featured in nightly shows over the course of this 3-day event.

In addition to the runway shows, food and drinks were provided for fashion-week goers by local vendors, including wine provided by the San Sebastian Winery and craft beers provided by Ancient City Brewing. A cocktail hour with food and drinks were included with all ticket purchases.

Local charitable organizations associated with past St. Augustine Fashion Week events included the Alpha-Omega Miracle Home, SAYS St. Augustine Youth Services, INK Invest in Kids, Daniel Kids, and the Betty Griffin House St. Johns County Shelter for Abuse and Violence. The fashion week events also benefited arts organizations in St. Augustine, including the Lightner Museum and St. Augustine Art Association.

St. Augustine Fashion Week – Day Two

From March 3 to 10, 2018, St. Augustine Fashion Week events have taken place in the nation’s oldest city. St. Augustine Fashion Week brought together creatives in the fashion, design, art, and nonprofit fields in support of a number of causes.

This stylish event featured runway shows by local small brand designers, who showcased their latest collections. The spotlight event were the three nights St. Augustine Fashion Show was being held at the St. Augustine Record building Thursday through Saturday, March 8–10, 2018. This Fashion Week event featured 16 designers who were featured in nightly shows over the course of this 3-day event.

In addition to the runway shows, food and drinks were provided for fashion-week goers by local vendors, including wine provided by the San Sebastian Winery and craft beers provided by Ancient City Brewing. A cocktail hour with food and drinks were included with all ticket purchases.

Local charitable organizations associated with past St. Augustine Fashion Week events included the Alpha-Omega Miracle Home, SAYS St. Augustine Youth Services, INK Invest in Kids, Daniel Kids, and the Betty Griffin House St. Johns County Shelter for Abuse and Violence. The fashion week events also benefited arts organizations in St. Augustine, including the Lightner Museum and St. Augustine Art Association.

It’s St Patrick’s Day in St Augustine

The 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade stepped off at 10 a.m. this Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Francis Field in St. Augustine. The parade route followed the bayfront to the Bridge of Lions, took a right down Cathedral Place, and returned to its origin via Cordova Street. The parade was a spectacle of floats, marching bands, pipes and drums, horse-drawn carriages, military units, local community groups, and more.

This is the only St. Patrick’s Day parade in Northeast Florida. The Grand Marshal for the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade was City of St. Augustine Archaeologist Carl Hilbert.

This event was part of the St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival.

St Augustine Fashion Week 2018 – Day One

From March 3 to 10, 2018, St. Augustine Fashion Week events have and are taking place in the nation’s oldest city. St. Augustine Fashion Week will bring together creatives in the fashion, design, art, and nonprofit fields in support of a number of causes.

This stylish event will feature runway shows by local small brand designers, who will showcase their latest collections. The spotlight event are the three nights St. Augustine Fashion Show being held at the St. Augustine Record building Thursday through Saturday, March 8–10, 2018. This Fashion Week event will feature 16 designers who will be featured in nightly shows over the course of this 3-day event. Tickets may be purchased for individual days of shows, or for the duration of this 3-day event. VIP passes are available.

In addition to the runway shows, food and drinks will be provided for fashion-week goers by local vendors, including wine provided by the San Sebastian Winery and craft beers provided by Ancient City Brewing. A cocktail hour with food and drinks are included with all ticket purchases.

Local charitable organizations associated with past St. Augustine Fashion Week events include the Alpha-Omega Miracle Home, SAYS St. Augustine Youth Services, INK Invest in Kids, Daniel Kids, and the Betty Griffin House St. Johns County Shelter for Abuse and Violence. The fashion week events also benefit arts organizations in St. Augustine, including the Lightner Museum and St. Augustine Art Association.

www.stafashionweek.com

Searle’s Sack in St Augustine

Searle’s Sack, the annual event that re-creates the famous bloody pirate raid on St. Augustine in 1668, took place on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, 2018.  This deadly raid was led by Robert Searle when he and his crew laid siege upon the city and its inhabitants.

This living history event, presented by Searle’s Buccaneers and the Men of Menéndez (both members of Historic Florida Militia), is made up of three parts: a historic procession of participants on St. George Street on Friday evening, a historic encampment on Saturday at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, followed by the reenactment of the battle at 4:30 p.m. in the city’s historic district.

The reenactment of the battle between the freebooters and the city’s Spanish defenders took place in St. Augustine’s historic district at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, beginning at the Plaza de la Constitución and ending at the Old City Gate. The English brigade headed up St. George Street from the Plaza toward the city gates, and the battle started when the English try to invade the Spanish defenders who were stationed at the Santo Domingo Redoubt off Orange Street across from Potter’s Wax Museum. Living history got real when the period re-enactors demonstrated how the Spanish settlers had to fight off Searle and his pirates.

Background on Searle’s Raid – In 1668, Captain Robert Searle and his privateers sailed from Jamaica to loot the silver ingots (metals that can be shaped into various things) held in the royal coffers (small chests) at St. Augustine. Under the cover of night, they slipped into the harbor and attacked the sleeping town, killing sixty people and pillaging government buildings, churches and homes. The devastation wrought by these pirates prompted Spain’s Council of the Indies to issue money to build a massive stone fortress on Matanzas Bay to protect the city. The Castillo de San Marcos still stands as an enduring reminder of Florida’s gripping heritage.