2019 Christmas Parade: The Basics

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What: 39th Lakeland Christmas Parade

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, beginning with fireworks over Lake Mirror

Where: RP Funding Center and back via Lake Mirror (see the map above)

Who: 110 floats, marching bands and an expected 30,000+ spectators. Grand marshal: Martha Brown, a sixth-grader from Lake Gibson Middle School chosen via an essay contest. Sponsor: Junior League of Greater Lakeland

Theme: Joy of Giving

Watch It Live: lakelandgov.net/TV, Facebook Live, Spectrum 643, FiOS 43, or Comcast Channel 5 (PGTV).

Chairs: Spectators are asked to refrain from placing chairs until the evening before the parade. In addition, the city is asking spectators to keep sidewalks clear for wheelchairs, walkers and scooters. 

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Thank you, Lakeland, for not placing your chairs out before parade day this year! ICYMI, chairs may be placed along the parade route no earlier than December 5th, 2019. All chairs, tape, tables, etc. placed out before December 5th will be removed and taken to Joker Marchant Stadium (but we haven't had to do that so far!). If you do choose to place your chairs out early this Thursday, please keep in mind that we still need to be respectful and share the sidewalk with those in wheelchairs. Please do not block sidewalks, entrances, ADA ramps or place chairs in "Wheelchair Accessible" seating areas. Chairs/twine/tape/blankets, etc. that are blocking or obstructing the sidewalk will be moved out of the way.

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Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible viewing areas are on both sides of Main Street near the Lakeland Fire Department HQ.

Streets/parking:  Streets along the parade route will begin closing at 4 p.m. Public parking is available on open, non-parade-route streets, in public lots and parking garages (map). Accessible parking will be available in the Rose Street parking lot for vehicles with a disabled parking permit.

Toilets: Portajons are marked in blue on the map.

Food vendor locations:

  • Munn Park (southeast corner)
  • Parking Lot M at Massachussetts and Cedar
  •  Future dog park just east of the Joinery building
  •  Small pavers area near Lakeland Fire Department
  •  Lake Mirror Center Parking Lot
  • Brick-and-mortar downtown restaurants

Review last year’s parade:  Video – full parade with narration

Bike valet: Available in Munn Park 1-9 p.m. Bicycles will not be able to cross the parade route after 6 p.m.

Security: LPD typically has 150 officers on duty at the parade.

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