Orlando residents prepare for the return of local Christmas tradition

November 25, 2017 by  

The Winter Park annual Christmas parade, the oldest continuous parade in Central Florida, is ready for its 65th display.

The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2017 version of the popular ‘Ye Olde Hometown’ parade just a few miles from Orlando. The event includes the participation of more than 100 local organizations. Bystanders can expect to enjoy the sounds of marching bands and see floats by numerous community groups. Members of the local fire and police departments, as well as area dignitaries, will also be marching through the street.

The Chamber is no longer accepting applications for the parade this year, but local business owners are still welcome to bring relevant holiday promotional products and other marketing material and mingle with the large crowd expected to attend.

In addition to the parade, breakfast will be available from 7:00 am to 10:30 am at the Central Park stage. The purchase of a ticket includes a full breakfast and a beverage. Tickets are available at Central Park and all proceeds from their sale are donated to local adult and youth leadership programs.

The parade is scheduled for next Saturday, December 2, beginning at Cole Avenue at 9:00 am. The route will follow its traditional path to Park Avenue and then south to Lyman Avenue. Contact Ally Stricker at astricker@winterpark.org for information about the schedule or other parade-related questions.