Holiday cheer returns to downtown New Port Richey this weekend.
That’s right. It’s almost time for the 36th annual Holiday Street Parade, the popular celebration organized by the Rotary Club of Holiday. The parade is hitting the streets at 6 p.m. on Dec. 8.
The parade is a tradition in town, and it features 127 participating units and an appearance from the Jolly Old Elf, Santa Claus.
“Santa’s already sent his message from the pole,” said Greg Armstrong, a longtime Rotary club member who plans the parade. “He’ll be here.”
Armstrong emphasizes the parade is an event that’s for the kids. In addition to Santa Claus, there will be marching bands from local schools, krewes and other fun you expect from a family friendly hometown parade. It’s put on this year with the help of 200 volunteers.
“Where else can you volunteer and put the smiles on kids’ faces? “ he said.
Want to check out the Parade? Here’s what to know if you go:
What: Holiday Street Parade
When: Saturday, December 8, staring at 6 p.m.
Where: Starts at Gulf Drive and Grand Blvd., ends at Main Street and U.S. 19
Traffic information: Armstrong warns people to get to the parade early. The parade attracts thousands.