Brevard parades march to the beat of the Christmas season


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A float overflowing with children and cheer enjoys the Health First Palm Bay Hospital Holiday Light Parade.

Viera Voice Courtesy of Andy Dimmig, Palm Bay Parks and Recreation

Brevard County is on parade this Christmas season. The Viera Light Up Parade was the first to begin the holiday season on Nov. 25.

The 33rd Mims Christmas Parade celebration includes a barbecue and craft bazaar hosted by the Mims Volunteer Fire Department. It takes place Saturday, Dec. 2. The craft bazaar starts at 8 a.m. at the station at 2476 Taylor Street. The barbecue starts 10:30 a.m., also at the station. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Mims Elementary School. Its theme is "Unity in our Country." For information, call 321-267-9652.

The Merritt Island Holiday Parade, hosted by the Brevard County Central Area Parks and Recreation, begins at 10 a.m. Dec. 2 at Merritt Island High School. It proceeds to Edgewood Junior/Senior High School. The theme is "Holiday by the Shore." For information, call 321-633-1874.

The annual Health First Palm Bay Hospital Holiday Light Parade, presented by the City of Palm Bay, starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Palm Bay campus of Eastern Florida State College, turns north to San Filippo Drive, then west to Malabar Road before concluding at City Hall. The theme is, "Light up the Night in Palm Bay Holiday Spirit."

For information, go to palmbayflorida.org/government/departments/parks-and-recreation/events/holiday-parade

The 55th Titusville Christmas Parade, coordinated by the Kiwanis Club, begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Titusville High School and continues on U.S.1 to Downtown Titusville. The theme is "Christmas in Space." For information, go to nbbd.com/npr/kiwanis/index.html

The 25th Melbourne Light Parade begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at the intersection of NASA and Airport Boulevards. Its theme is "Lighting the Season With Compassion." Spectators are asked to bring either a non-perishable food item, a new unwrapped toy or a bag of dog or cat food. Volunteers walking alongside the first float will receive these items. For information, go to melbournelightparade.org

The Cocoa/Rockledge Holiday Parade, hosted by the Brevard County Central Area Parks and Recreation, begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Rockledge High School and ends at Lee Warner Park. The theme is "Holiday by the Shore." For information, call 321-633-1874.

The 28th Port St. John Christmas Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 and goes east along Fay Boulevard from Waterloo Avenue to Carole Avenue. The sponsor is Parrish Medical Center and the theme is "The Reason for the Season." For information, call 321-633-7499.

 Sunday, Dec. 2

The Bible on Parade

2 p.m.

Costumed storytellers, from 44 churches and ministries, will step onto the city streets in a joyful demonstration of their united faith on parade for the 28th year in a moving 2 mile drama with banners, floats, enactments, musiand dancing in the streets.
For information, call 321-773-1489.  

Sunday, Dec. 3

12th annual Barefoot Bay Christmas Parade

5:30 p.m.

Starting point is Barefoot Bay Golf Course and ending point is Community Center – Building A. The lighting ceremony follows the parade with entertainment inside Building A, Barefoot Bay, For information, call 772-631-2365.

Saturday, Dec. 9

Pritchard House Christmas Parade Porch Party

5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Upstairs 10 seats, $50 donation; Downstairs 12 seats, $25 donation. Reservations required; festive snacks and drinks served. AHS choral entertainment.

Best seats in town for viewing the Titusville parade.

424 S. Washington Ave.,

Titusville, 321-607-0203

Cocoa Beach Christmas Boat Parade

6 p.m.

Cocoa Beach Rotary parade starts at Marker 101 and runs south through the residential canals.

Best Places to Watch:

Sunset Café – 530 and Banana River

Wildlife Watersports – 129 Manatee Lane

End of S. Banana River Blvd.

Cove Park – 540 McNabb Parkway (just west of the end of 3rd Street North)

Melbourne Light Parade

6 – 9 p.m.

“Lighting the Season with Compassion” Parade starts at the intersection of NASA Boulevard and Airport Boulevard and heads south on Airport Boulevard to Hibiscus Boulevard, and turns right on to Hibiscus Boulevard and heads west to Gateway Drive.

Spectators are invited to join in the spirit of giving.  Bring a non-perishable food item or a new unwrapped toy or dog or cat food to the parade.  Volunteers walking along side the first float will pick up donated items.

For more information, call 321-544-1777.

Third annual Golf Cart Parade and Decorating Contest

5:30 p.m.

Parade starts behind Golf Carts Unlimited at The Avenue Viera

2271 Town Center Ave. #105

Viera.

For information, call 321-610-7011.

Cocoa Beach Christmas Street Parade

2 – 4 p.m.

Get festive and celebrate the season in Downtown Cocoa Beach. This event includes lots of fun for the kids. Plus, Surfing Santa will be in the parade.

Saturday, Dec 16

Merritt Island Christmas Boat Parade

5:30 p.m.

Parade will form near the Humpback Bridge at dusk and proceed through the residential canals of Sykes Creek following the standard route and ending to the north near the SR 528 (Beachline) Bridge.

For information, call 904-866-6389.

Banana River Sail and Power Squadron Christmas Boat Parade

6 p.m.

Parade will start at the north end of the Grand Canal and proceed south down the Grand Canal, circle Lake Shepherd clockwise, continue southward, exit the Grand Canal into the Banana River, proceed south past the Mathers Bridge, at Dragon Point head southwest.

For information, call 321-220-7775.