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December 3, 2016 – Sarasota Holiday Parade

The downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade turns 21 years old this year and will bring the start of the holiday season right to your and your loved one’s faces and put you and yours into the spirit of the holiday season.  The theme of the Parade changes yearly, which gives it an updated and fresh appeal each holiday season. 2016’s parade theme is “Salute to Veterans.”   Traditionally held on the first Saturday of December at 7 p.m, Sarasota’s Holiday Parade started in 1995 and has become one of the largest and best known Christmas and holiday parades along the Sun Coast.

Where: The Sarasota Downtown Holiday Parade route traditionally runs west along Main Street from Washington Boulevard and then heads out to Gulfstream Avenue. The parade lasts about two hours.  The streets on the parade route are blocked off to normal traffic a couple of hours in advance.   Parade viewers are welcome to bring blankets to toss over the curbside to sit on and lawn chairs, as well.

Parking is available downtown on streets and in lots other than those closed for the parade route.  It’s best to arrive about an hour early to find parking and a nice spot along the parade route from which to view the festivities.  Despite large crowds there are usually lots of places on the parade route that are less crowded and from where you can get a better view. You may just have to get there earlier and walk a little further to find them.

 

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