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Pinellas Park Beacon
Pinellas Park Holiday Parade steps off Dec. 10
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Pinellas Park High School Blue Stars Marching Band is ready to go at the 2010 Holiday Parade.
PINELLAS PARK – More than 150 floats, bands, community groups, businesses and local leaders are set to participate in Pinellas Park’s 39th annual Holiday Parade this year.

The largest holiday in Pinellas County will take off from Park Boulevard and 58th Street at 6 p.m. and travel about 1.5 miles, ending at the Shoppes at Park Place.

The theme this year is “The Fabulous Fifties.” Not all the groups in the parade incorporate the theme, but are encouraged to do so.

“We have a lot of interest in these year’s theme,” said Ricky Butler president and operations director for Celebration Pinellas Park, the group that organizes the parade. “A lot of groups have been into the 50s.”

The Pinellas Park Boys and Girls Club will be dancing in the style of the decade, for example, he said.

This year’s parade will start with enactors from the 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.

Costumed participants include the Suncoast Ghostbusters, traveling with Fantasy Costumes; the Krewe of Conquistadors of Tampa Bay; Uptown Clowns of Largo and the Star Wars-themed 501st Legion.

Some groups will be returning to the parade this year after not participating in prior years, including the St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Butler said.

Sunstar Paramedics will be making an appearance in the parade for the first time.

Bands marching this year include ones from the Pinellas Park High School, Dixie Hollins High shool, Lakewood High School, Osceola High School, Classical Christian School and Seminole High School. The Florida Twirling Institute will march with batons.

One group has been participating in every parade in its 38-year history, Butler said. The Pin-MAR Antique Car Club will return again this year. Carrie’s Dance Gallery has been participating for more than 25 years.

Many other groups have been in the parade for more than 15 years, a credit to the parade’s importance in the community, Butler said.

As is tradition, the Pinellas Park Kiwanis Club will conclude the parade, bringing Santa and his sleigh along with them.

Complete parade lineup

1. 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry
2. FLGCHOG
3. Pinellas Park Police Department (Color Guard)
4. Pinellas County Veterans Council Honor Guard
5. Korean War Veterans Suncoast Chapter 14
6. Army Cadets of America
7. Pinellas Park High School Marching Band
8A. Pinellas Park Mayor Bill Mischler
8B. Pinellas Park City Council
8C. Pinellas Park City Manager Michael Gustafson
8D. Pinellas Park Police Chief Doreen Thomas
9A. Senator Jack Latvala
9B. Representative Larry Ahern
9C. Representative Jeff Brandes
9D. Representative Jim Frishe
9E. Commissioner Nancy Bostock
9F. Commissioner Ken Welch
10. City of Pinellas Park Public Works
11. Pinellas Park Fire Department
12. Sunstar Paramedics
13. Lealman Fire District
14. Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
15. Town of Kenneth City
16. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4364
17. Military Officer’s Association of America – St. Petersburg Chapter
18. American Legion Auxiliary
19. Tampa Bay Area Marine Parent Association
20. TANG Base Submarine Association
21. Lakewood High School Marching Band
22. Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce
23. Pinellas Park Boys & Girls Club
24. Pet Angel Memorial Center
25. Kimberly Campbell for Circuit Court Judge
26. Knights of Columbus Council #5737
27. 501st Legion Vader’s Fist
28. First Baptist Preschool
29. Largo Scholarship Program
30. Girls Incorporated of Pinellas
32. Liberty Baptist Church
33. Pit Bulls Pounding The Pavement
34. Pinellas Park National Little League
35. Pin-MAR Antique Car Club
36. Mud Patrol
37. Query/May Family
38. Pinellas Park T-Birds
39. Pinellas Park Historical Society
40. Amber Glen Feed Depot
41. Joe’s Towing & Recovery
42. Wildlife Rescue
43. Miss Lakeland
44. Boy Scout Troop #320
45. Dixie Hollins High School Marching Band
46. Krewe of Conquistadors of Tampa Bay
47. Carrie’s Dance Gallery
47A. St. Petersburg Moose Lodge #1125
48. Northwest Youth Baseball
49. Tim Ingold for Pinellas County Sheriff
50. Boy Scout Troop #337
51. Q Auto & Injury Attorneys
52. Tree of Life Church
53. DanceStarz Performance Company
54. Girl Scout Troop #471
55. Pinellas Park Rotary Club
56. Pet Supplies Plus
57. Champion Tae Kwon Do
58. H&R Block
59. Crazy 4 Canines 4H Club
60. R Club Child Care
61. Frosty & Friends
62. Escot Bus Lines
63. St. Petersburg Air Cooled Enthusiasts
64. 1st Response Towing & Recovery
65. Fantasy Costumes
66. Sacred Heart Interparochial School
67. New Journey Fellowship
68. Osceola High School Marching Band
69. Pinellas Providers Home Childcare Association
70. Tutor Works
71. Uptown Clowns of Largo, Inc.
72. St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society
73. Wheelchair Transport Service
74. BellaBabies Consignment
75. Direct General Insurance
76. Split Pines Girl Scouts
77. Waste Management of Pinellas
78. Pinellas Fast Pitch Softball, Inc.
79. International Independent Showmen’s Associations
80. United Taxi
81. Family Fellowship Center
82. Astro Skate
83. Rosie's Clam Shack
84. Pinellas Park Rebels
85. Eveland’s Towing & Recovery, Inc.
86. Larry’s Mobile Marine
87. Classical Christian School Marching Band
88. Xclusive Cutz
89. Kelley Equipment Company
90. Firehous Subs
91. Tampa Scikotics
92. Florida Twirling Institute
93. Park Place Wesleyan Church
94. Bayside Gymnastics and Cheerleading
95. Race Cars of Yesterday
96. Pinellas District Schools, Transportation Department
97. John Hopkins Middle School Drumline
98. Duffy’s 24 Hour Towing
99. Northeast Bandits
100. Wild West Creations
101. People Helping People
102. Royal Edger and Mower
103. The Lady Rays Fast Pitch Softball Team
104. Truly Nolen
105. Liberty Tax Service
106. Shawn & Shawn Moving
108. Wonderland of Creations
109. 66th Street Flea Market
110. MC Mechanical Air Conditioning Services, Inc.
111. Cub Scouts Pack #321
112. Precision Axis and The Mudders
113. Criminal Justice Academy
114. Girling Health Care
115. Floridian Pest & Turf
116. Pinellas Park Relay For Life
117. Suncoast Haven of Rest Rescue Mission
118. Wallen Chiropractic Centre
119. Prestige Auto & Recovery
121. Justin Meyer
122. Jared Meyer
123. Advanced Accounting and Tax
124. Mad Beach Scooters
125. Scentsy
126. Cook's Coastal
128. Browns Backers of Pinellas
129. Just For Fun
130. Mortar Music Ent.
131. Arrow Environmental Services
132. Bay Area Transportation
133. Florida Gas and Plumbing
134. Pit Bull Happenings, Inc.
135. Planet Smoothie
136. McCoy Sod and Lanscaping
137. Exotic Nails and Limo Bob
138. Pinellas Park Youth Soccer
139. Mary Fisher
140. K100 Fuel Treatments
141. Ambassador Limousine
142. Kona Ice
143. Pinellas Primary Academy
144. Graham's Produce
145. Santana Jackson
146. Seminole High School Warhawk Band
147. Gold Wing Road Rider's Association
148. Santa Clause - Pinellas Park Kiwanis Club
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