Parade Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 5:30 PM
2021 Parade Theme: A Heroes' Christmas
Grand Marshal: Ben Marciano
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.
The Friends of the Christmas Parade, Inc., are proud to announce that the parade will go on. After a disappointing cancellation for safety in 2020, we are thrilled to announce that we will hold the 65th Ocala/Marion County Christmas Parade on December 11, 2021. Please complete your application today! Deadline is October 31st.
We will be holding a Mandatory Packet Pickup Meeting the week of November 15th. All participants MUST send a representative to this meeting to pick up your vehicle passes and information packets for line-up. Look for updates on the specific date in late October.
Applications are due by October 31, 2021. Acceptance notifications will go out November 5, with packet pickup meetings between November 15 to 19.
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.