Palm Coast preparing for Dec. 14 parade

Dozens of community organizations participated in the 2012 Starlight Parade, with many entering colorful lighted floats.(PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF PALM COAST)

Dozens of community organizations participated in the 2012 Starlight Parade, with many entering colorful lighted floats.

Celebrate the holiday season with your friends and neighbors at the City of Palm Coast’s Starlight Event & Parade on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave. (off State Road 100/Bulldog Boulevard behind Flagler Palm Coast High School).

Admission is free.

The day kicks off at 2 p.m. with live local entertainment and performances; a 70-foot Snow Slide; arrival of Santa and pictures with Santa; face-painting; sand art; and a Letters to Santa activity.

Santa will visit with children until 5:30 p.m., and a photographer will be available for photos. The Starlight event wraps up at 5:30 p.m. just in time for the start of the annual Starlight Parade.

At 6 p.m., the Starlight Parade will get under way – featuring colorful lighted floats, marching bands, and prizes for the top entries. Leading off the parade will be the participants of the Starlight Half Marathon and 5K, which is part of the Palm Coast Running Series.

Parade route
The parade route will begin at the Round-About on Central Avenue (east of Market Avenue) and head east; turning north onto Park Street, east onto Lake Avenue, and south on City Place; then continuing south of Bulldog Drive.

The grand marshal will be City Historian Arthur “Art” Dycke, a Palm Coast resident since 1993. A retired history teacher and community college instructor, Dycke was a co-founder and first vice president of the Palm Coast Historical Society and continues to serve as a board director.

The commentators for the Starlight Parade will be Palm Coast Fire Chief Michael C. Beadle and his wife, DeeDee Beadle. The Starlight Event & Parade are sponsored by Palm Coast Ford and the Palm Coast Observer.

For more information, visit or contact the Palm Coast Parks and Recreation Department at 386-986-2323.

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