The Citrus Springs Christmas Parade and Celebration Party was a great success. We could not have asked for a more delightful day with our picturesque blue skies and bountiful sunshine. Thousands of people of all ages were treated to one of our largest Christmas parades ever as it marched from our famous Fountain along the tree-lined Boulevard and culminating at Wesley Jones Park. A large Celebration party awaited the parade participants and the general public, featuring live music, many things for children to do and of course a visit from a rotund and cheerful Santa. Food vendors were plentiful to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. What a perfect way for families and friends to spend a day together in our community.

This annual event could not have been possible without the terrific help from all our volunteers and sponsors such as;

 

Event Coordinator, Lou Ann Braglin

 

Sponsors;

Citrus Springs Civic Association

Boulevard Bistro LLC.

Sparrow Sunoco

Girl Scout Troop 14112

Nick Nicholas Ford and Lincoln

Don Marchetti, signs and banners

 

Parade Participants –

Grand Marshall – Commissioner, Jimmie T. Smith

Santa Claus

Girl Scout Troop 14112

Girl Scout Troop 415

Rotary Club of Central Citrus County

Military Vehicle Preservation

Citrus County Cruisers

North Oak Baptist Church

Nick Nicholas Ford and Lincoln

Larry Dasch

Corvette and Camaro Club

Citrus Springs Fire Department with Truck

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

AMVETS Post 89

Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church

Cub Scouts Pack 462

Nature Coast Young Marines

SGT Gunter – JROTC – Dunnellon High School

Greener Side Haven Inc.

VFW Post 4864 Honor Guard

Crystal River DAV/DAVA 158

Edward W. Penno VFW Post 4864

Empowered ATA – Martial Arts

North Oak Baptist – Men on a Mission

Beverly Hills Irish American Social Club Inc.

Boom Town Realty

Citrus Shrine Club

Mission Impossible – Citrus Springs Church

Citrus Springs Middle School Band

Women in the Wind

St. John Paul II

Girl Scouts West Central Florida

Citrus Jeep Life Club

Advanced Aluminum

Nature Coast Soccer

Jenkins Auto Club

Snow’s Country Market

 

At the Park

 

Santa Claus for Pictures with all the excited children

Citrus County Animal Control, Officer Terry Funderback

Drew Drop Farms Catering

Citrus Springs Church – Mission Impossible

Citrus Springs Elementary School PTO

Young Marines

Kona Ice of Citrus County

OMG Pretzel Bites

Citrus 95.3 Radio Station with DJ, Trae

Citrus Inflatables

Edward Jones

Joy and Praise Church

Grace Baptist Church

Mission Impossible Church, youth band

 

Special thanks to the well over two dozen dedicated volunteers that helped make this day a safe and happy celebration in our Community.

 

The 2017 “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” Parade Float winners are;

 

1st Place   Greener Side Haven

2nd Place  “Rockin around the Cradle”, Lutheran Church

3rd Place   Rotary Club – Santa

 

Roy Goyette

Director of Communications, Citrus Springs Civic Association