Annual holiday parade set in Seminole

The city’s annual Holiday Illuminated Night Parade will take place Sunday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m.

SEMINOLE – The city’s annual Holiday Illuminated Night Parade will take place Sunday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m.

Presented by the Seminole Chamber of Commerce and the city’s Recreation Department, the parade will begin at the stating area at St. Petersburg College, 9200 113th St. N. The parade will then travel south on 113th Street, make a u-turn at 80th Avenue, and head north back to the SPC campus.

For the third year in a row, spectators will be able to view the parade from both sides of 113th Street.

This will be one of the last events organized with Gretchen C. Wells, the chamber’s chief of operations, “and it’s a doozy,” she said. “It’s our last big project of the year and we want the more, the merrier.”

Last year, between all of the units in the parade, she estimates that around 1,000 people participated.

“That’s 1/17 of the entire population of the entire city,” she said. “And every year it grows more.”

Wells added, “We want lots of people to participate, but we also have to keep in mind the safety of everybody.”

So each year parade organizers stress safety guidelines that require all units to be lit on both sides and that individuals walking in the parade adorn lighting as well.

A mandatory meeting reviewing these guidelines will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m., at the chamber office, 7777 131st St. N., Suite 15.

“It always comes back to safety,” Wells said. “So far we have a perfect record on that, but there’s always a first time if somebody isn’t following the guidelines.”

It’s not too late for parade participants to sign up, she added. Cost is $50 for a business and $35 for a non-profit organization.

The Seminole High School Warhawks marching band will march in the parade and perform. Seminole Fire Rescue will also participate with Sparky the Fire Dog.

Santa and Mrs. Claus, riding the Rotary Club of Seminole Lake’s Red Sled, will close out the parade. The Rotary Club’s Red Sled project collects gifts for children in the county’s foster care system.

Mohn’s Funeral Home is a sponsor of this year’s parade.

There are still sponsorship opportunities remaining, Wells said. Sponsorship levels are Premier ($900), Key ($250) and Promo ($75).

For more information, contact the chamber at 727-392-3245.