Get Ready for St Augustine’s Veterans Day Parade

The annual parade in St. Augustine honoring our nation’s veterans will begin 11:00am Saturday, November 11th to the peel of church bells, roar of cannon, and drone of military planes flying over head. The famous St. Augustine marching “V,” depicting the city’s veterans from all our nation’s wars, will lead a grand procession of active duty, ROTC and Jr. ROTC marching units, color guards, multiple bands, and historic military vehicles — all escorting our honored local veterans of today. The parade will form on Orange Street, turn right onto San Marco Avenue, pass down along the bay front on Avenida Mendez to the town square, then up Cathedral Place to Cordova Street and return to Orange Street. Vintage military vehicles, including helicopters, will be on display in front of the Castillo de San Marcos, where the Castillo administration has organized an encampment of re-enactors from every war. Admission to the fort itself will be free for the day. This event is organized and sponsored by the Veterans Council of St. Johns County in collaboration with the Ancient City Chapter of the Military Officers of American Association as a tribute to all those throughout the centuries who have donned our nation’s uniform to protect their city, state and nation. This year it is especially dedicated those living among us who have served and are living testimony to that duty. Get your place on the sidewalk early, take a red-white-blue flag from a Scout, watch a grand parade, and join us in honoring these fine patriots.

West St Augustine’s Easter Parade 2017

The 7th annual West Augustine Easter Parade was held on Easter Sunday, April 16, beginning at 3:15 p.m. The parade began at Rodriquez Street and concluded at the Collier-Blocker-Puryear Park, 10 North Holmes Blvd. Awards and an Easter egg hunt was held at the Solomon Calhoun Center following the parade.

St Augustine’s Easter Parade 2017

The St. Augustine Easter Parade, 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.

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. The parade began at 3:00 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, stepping off just north of the Mission of Nombre de Dios, heads south on San Marco Ave., continued south along the bayfront on Avenida Menendez, and goes through downtown to finish at the Plaza de la Constitución.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade St. Augustine

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in St. Augustine, Florida.
The 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade stepped off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017, 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 is a spectacle of floats, marching bands, pipes and drums, horse-drawn carriages, military units, local community groups, and more.

The parade marshals for the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade were representatives from many of the first responder teams who were so invaluable in helping the St. Augustine community in its recovery efforts after Hurricane Matthew.

St Augustine Veterans Day Parade

The Grand Parade in downtown St. Augustine began in front of the Castillo de San Marcos at 11:00 a.m., when church bells rung and there was a cannon salute from the fort officially starting the parade. The parade continued south to turn west onto Cathedral Place and then move north on Cordova Street to finish up at Francis Field. The parade was presented by the Veterans Council of St. Johns County and the Ancient City Chapter of the Military Officers Association in America. The Grand Marshall was James J. Townsend, Jr., U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy. The Consul Generals representing France, Spain, and England attended the parade.

Lincolnville Parade & Festival 2016

The 37th annual Lincolnville Festival was held Saturday and Sunday, and this year’s celebration coincided with the 150th birthday of the community, which was founded in 1866 in the southwest peninsula of St. Augustine. Ron Rawls, pastor at St. Paul AME Church, said his organization, St. Paul Development Center, began coordinating the event last year. The Lincolnville Festival first launched in 1979 in an effort to restore the historic community. “The community used to be predominantly African-American, and in recent years it’s been gentrified and the culture and history of the community is dissipating,” he said. “It’s important to maintain the history here in Lincolnville.” The area was founded by freed slaves and played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement as it served as the centerpiece for the movement led by Martin Luther King Jr. in St. Augustine, which led to the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The event kicked off on Saturday with a festival parade band performance at noon, and entertainment continued throughout the day until the last performance at 9 p.m.

Rawls said Sunday’s lineup was entirely dedicated to gospel music.

He added that children’s activities had been added and included bounce houses, face painting and basketball drills with the ABA National Champion Jacksonville Giants.

2016 St. Augustine Easter Parade

The 2016 St. Augustine Easter Parade, on Easter Sunday (March 27th) celebrated the holiday and local community. Residents and visitors enjoyed marching bands, floats, drill teams, the Easter Bunny, clowns, the Royal Family, Imperial Storm Troopers, and the city’s carriage horses wearing hats. The parade started just north of the Mission of Nombre de Dios, then headed south on San Marco Ave., continued south along the bayfront on Avenida Menendez, and through downtown to finish at the Plaza de la Constitución.

The Grand Marshall of this year’s parade was actress Loretta Swit, who is best known for her role as Major Houlihan on the TV show M*A*S*H. Swit is a frequent visitor to St. Augustine, an animal activist and honorary board member of the local non-profit Ayla’s Acres No-Kill Animal Shelter.

St Patrick’s Day Parade was a Blast!

The 6th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade stepped off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2016, 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.

The Parade Marshal for the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade was Jerry Cameron, who recently retired as St. Johns County Assistant County Administrator. With over 25 years experience in the public sector and 20 years in the private sector, Cameron currently holds the position of Community Outreach Manager for Flagler Hospital.

This event was free to view along the sidewalks of the parade route.

St. Augustine Colonial Night Watch Torchlight Parade 2015

Saturday December 5th

Previously known as the Britsh Night Watch, this year the monarchs of Spain and Britain have declared a truce.  The event is now be known as the Colonial Night Watch and the Torchlight Parade commenced at 7PM from the Castillo to the City Gates.  At the City gates, the public was invited to fall in behind the re-enactors for a procession down St. George Street to the Government House. The colorful parade features historic re-enactors representing Spanish and British military units, Native Americans, and Florida militias of the period 1739-1785. Once they reached Government House, participants were greeted with a welcoming speech at the Government House, followed by the firing of the “Volley of Joy” by the soldiers and militia and the singing of traditional Christmas carols to ring in the holiday season.  Assembled troops then marched back towards the Taberna Del Caballo and the Bull & Crown Tavern to be dismissed.

St Augustine Christmas Parade 2015

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.