Parade Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 5:30 PM
2021 Parade Theme: A Heroes' Christmas
Grand Marshal: Ben Marciano
The Parade Route:
The route begins at the intersection of SE 25th Avenue and Ft. King Street, moving North to E Silver Springs Blvd. It turns left/West onto the Boulevard and goes 1.6 miles to NE 8th Avenue. The parade then turns right/North onto 8th Avenue, ending at NE 3rd Street, just before Tuscawilla Park. The parade starts promptly at 5:30.
The roads around the route will close at 3:00 PM. Please CLICK HERE for a post from the City of Ocala Facebook post for detailed information.
Each year, the Friends of the Ocala Christmas Parade consider nominations for the Grand Marshal who will lead the parade. This honor goes to an exemplary small business person who leads in our community by giving of their time, talent, and treasure back to organization that make Ocala/Marion County a better place to live, work, and play.
Ben Marciano, owner of Zone Health & Fitness, is passionate about promoting good health among local residents. Both as a volunteer and through Zone's charitable giving programs, he has supported organizations that include Arnette House, American Heart Association, Boys & Girls Club, Kimberly's Center, SMA Healthcare (fka: The Centers), and United Way of Marion County.
Applications for 2021 are now Closed.
Please come back in August of 2022 to apply for the 2022 Parade. Applications close each year at the end of October.
Friends of the Christmas Parade, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization. Our committee will make every effort to quickly respond to your questions, but ask for your patience in responding to your emails regarding applications, mandatory packet pickup, and bleacher seating.