Popular Suntree parade adds post-route festival

Cars, floats and more will cruise the streets at the 10 a.m. April 5 Spirit of Suntree Spring Fling Parade, and sponsors are invited to cover the community event costs in exchange for consumer good will.


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It’s a beloved tradition that Suntree residents look forward to all year. They tote lawn chairs from their homes to main streets around the community to wait for some of the most outlandish floats to glide by.

This year marks the second year that the tradition has resumed, the gap of many years created when previous volunteer coordinators simply got tired of carrying the load, organizers said. The current volunteers stepped up because the parade was just too much fun to miss.

Spirit of Suntree Spring Fling Parade will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5. The route will begin in front of Suntree Elementary School on Jordan Blass Drive, head southwest down St. Andrews Boulevard, then turn north on Interlachen Road. The parade will end at Interlachen Park with food and live entertainment by the band Oceans.

Previous routes ended at Suntree Country Club for post-parade camaraderie.

“I think what a lot of residents don’t realize is that all of the fun events that are put on are done so by people like them, just plain fellow residents who decide to pitch in their time and energy so they and others can have fun,” said community resident and volunteer chair of the Suntree Master Homeowners Association Community Relations Committee Sally Contess. “We don’t pay our SMHA staff for anything but the professional management of our community.”

The committee organizes the parade, while the Parks and Recreation Committee organizes monthly events like movie nights and festivals at Jack Mahon Park on Spyglass Hill Road.

Businesses, groups and individuals are invited to decorate a float, car, bicycle or golf cart and enter it in the parade. The Suntree Master Homeowners Association is looking for sponsors to underwrite the cost.

Sponsors are vital because no association funds can be used on community events, Contess said.

“Community events are vital because they bring our families together in fun, so we feel even better about the great place we live in,” Contess said. “Our sponsors benefit because all our residents see what they are doing for us and we appreciate them.”

There is no fee for parade floats, vehicles or other entry slots, she added. For more information, call 321-242-8960 or email kaye@suntreeflorida.com. VV