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