Saturday we went to the Christmas Parade!
It has been many years since I have attended, due to illness or weather, but this year I finally made it.
The Ocala Christmas Parade is a long time tradition for many in the area, and has been going strong for 58 recorded years! The parade attracts 60,000 spectators who line up along a more than 2 mile stretch of East Silver Springs Blvd. People mark their spot for a week in advance with chairs, marking tape, trucks, trailers, and motor homes!
The parade starts with the Ocala Police Dept. Motorcycle Division.
I had totally forgotten about the vendors!
For me, well....I HAD to have some Hot Boiled Peanuts!
I took a few pics of floats....
The high school bands were amazing, and there were several, as Marion County is the largest county in Florida! The parade kindled memories of parades long ago when I was just a little girl.
We didn't stay to see Santa go by. We headed for my Trail Blazer and blazed a trail out of the area before the other 59, 997 people did!
I'm excited for next year, too! Hubby just may have his own float in the 2012 parade!
And I'm taking an extra camera battery!
Does your town do a Christmas Parade?
I'm making holiday treats today! YUMM-O!
Have a scrumptious day!