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.
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.