The 35th Annual Centennial Christmas Parade
2020 Christmas Parade Cancellation News & Information
Success sometimes has negative effects. The Vero Beach Christmas parade has become a more beautiful and hugely attended event every year. Thousands of people come to Ocean Drive to watch the parade from crowded sidewalks for hours before the start of the parade. Hundreds of people crowd on beautifully decorated floats to participate after working long hours together decorating the floats. There is even a very successful 3k race run before the parade.
Our national sports teams have shut down stadiums to prevent the spread of the virus. The recent outdoor event in the White House Rose Garden with significant testing of a few hundred participants seems to have been a super spreader event infecting members of our government. A significant second wave of the Virus is anticipated as the weather gets colder up north and thousands more people flock to our little piece of paradise.
Regretfully it was felt to hold an event of such magnitude as the parade where social distancing would be impossible just weeks before the Holiday Season was not in the best interests of the Community.
The Oceanside Business Association which supplies the management and logistics for the event as well as pays for the Police, Insurance, advertising, and paid help has regretfully decided to cancel this year’s parade. The race that was held before the event has also been cancelled by Run Vero.
The OBA Board of Directors wants to thank you all for your support and participation over the years and especially the Sunset Rotary for their Volunteers on the day of past parades.
We are all looking forward to an even better and larger parade next year. Please enjoy the above video of last year's Christmas Parade, and consider joining us for the Farmers Market Christmas Event and our Festival of Wreaths! (More information coming soon!)
Hosted by the Oceanside Business Association & Sunrise Rotary Club
Congratulations to the 2019 Christmas Parade award winners! The awards for the Christmas parade are awarded at the Sunset Saturday Night Concert on Ocean Drive by Humiston Park on Saturday February 8th between 6 and 7PM.
Best Performance - Vero Beach High School Band
Best of Parade – Treasure Coast Jeep Club
Most Original – Imagine South Vero
Best of Schools - Beachland Elementary
Most Humorous - Flinchum Builders LLC
Most Christmas Spirit – Masters Academy
Legacy Award – Dubois and Sons Jewelry
Cutest -Maximum velocity gymnastics
Most Original Music – Seventh day Adventist
Environmental Awareness – Coastal Connections
Most Holiday Spirit – Treasure Coast Animal Hospital