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.

Our First “Veterans Day Parade”

In honor of the city’s 450th Anniversary, St. Augustine hosted a Veterans Day Grand Parade to honor the military history of the city and all those who served and continue to serve.

The parade stepped off from Francis Field on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at 10:45 a.m., and featured both veteran and active-duty groups, ROTC units, high school bands, and marchers in period dress reflecting the uniforms of all those who have defended the city throughout its long history.

Also on display in the Castillo parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. were a USCG boat on its trailer, and several WWII and Korean War vintage jeeps.

A U.S. Navy Band from Jacksonville and a 30-man marching unit from Fort Stewart in Georgia joined the parade, as well as vintage jeeps, a Florida National Guard HUMVEE, and a float of the Castillo de San Marcos manned and defended by re-enactors from the 1740s Spanish Garrison group.

The parade began at Francis Field and proceeded east to Avenida Menendez, passing a reviewing stand on the lawn of the Castillo de San Marcos at 11:00 a.m., and continued south to Cathedral Place. It then moved north on Cordova Street to finish up at Francis Field.

St Augustine Easter Parade 2015

The 2015 St Augustine Easter Parade is a decades old parade of horse carriages and hats on Easter Sunday. Included this year was the Adjutant General of the Florida National Guard riding in a Humvee. Featured were floats, drill teams, pirates, clowns, the Easter Bunny, and the Royal Family. The parade began at 3 p.m. at the Old Jail to the Castillo de San Marcos and went on through downtown streets of St. Augustine. The parade lasted about an hour and a half. Even though rain threaten and skies were overcast, the crowds came out in force.

Easter Sunday Promenade, St Augustine

This Sunday, April 5th, 2015 was the 57th Annual Easter Sunday Promenade in St Augustine, and it was a hoot. Though the skies threaten with rain it did not stop the crowds from coming to this wonderful event. The children just loved all the fun this event brings to the Plaza de la Constitucion, and the adults wore their Easter hats with pride, as prizes were given on all sorts of categories.

And the rain never came.

St Augustine’s Saint Patrick’s Parade 2015

The parade started at 10am, and Saint Patrick blessed us with a beautiful day. Full of kilts, bag pipes, floats and everything that makes a St Patrick’s Day parade exceptional was there. Grand Marshall this year was St. Augustine’s founder, Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles (portrayed by Chad Light).
The parade traveled down Orange Street to Avenida Menendez (the bayfront), then to Cathedral Place, next on Cordova Street, then back to Orange Street. Spectators arrived early to claim a spot along the parade route … then followed the parade to the Celtic Festival at Francis Field. Tons of people and a lot of great fun.

Colonial Grand Muster Torchlight Parade

Colonial Grand Muster Torchlight Parade on Saturday night.

The parade began at 7 p.m. at the Castillo de San Marcos and headed to the City Gate across Avenida Menendez at Orange Street.

The parade route from there was south on St. George Street to the Government House and the Plaza de la Constitucion.

The event was a re-enactment of a Spanish military parade of the 1740s.

British Night Watch 2014

The British Period (1763-1784) in St. Augustine was re-enacted in a colorful and exciting way on Saturday Dec. 6th, featuring hundreds of British troops, their Native American allies and civilians.

On Friday Dec. 5th from noon to 5 p.m., the British Night Watch Encampment was at Francis Field located near the city’s parking garage. Locals and tourists visited with soldiers, strolled the Colonial Market, met the Native Allies who had guided the British troops, also met colonial craftsmen and enjoyed the antics of the Faire Wynds Circus. On Saturday at 10 a.m., the encampment re-opened with a full day of entertainment by 18th century musicians and performers.

At 2 pm was the Trooping of the Colors followed by drilling by British Redcoats, cannon firings and music by the Fife and Drum Corps. At 7:30 p.m., the public gathered in the Plaza, and at 8 p.m. the Grande Illumination Parade began through the historic streets. Bystanders joined the parade (candles provided for a small donation) for a thrilling and memorable holiday experience that ended with a musketry volley of joy and best holiday wishes for King George!

Visit www.britishnightwatch.org

Christmas Parade 2014 Highlights

St. Augustine’s 60th Annual Christmas Parade ushered in the holiday season with floats, bands, cheerleaders, and plenty of fun. Lots of local organizations participate in this event, making it one of the largest parades in Northeast Florida. Parading into the holiday season with floats to marching bands to antique cars and horses and carriages march into a city that was lit up in the Night of Lights in November. Visitors and locals alike come down to the Historic District to watch the procession go by.