Call Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, because the Lakeland Christmas Parade is back tomorrow, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.
After a paradeless 2020, the holiday gem of Swan City will kick off for its 40th run (2019 was the 39th parade). The parade will leave from the RP Funding Center and travel down Lemon Street toward downtown, turn at Main Street to Cedar Street, wind around Lake Mirror, head up Orange Street + end back at the RP Funding Center after a 1.25-mile course.
Made possible every year in part by the Junior League of Greater Lakeland, this year’s theme is “Season of Joy, Together Again for the Holidays,” which is all about reconnecting after the hand that 2020 dealt the world. The parade will feature floats reflective of this theme.
Parade participants will compete to win:
- Most outstanding band
- Most original float
- Best professional float
- Best youth or educational float
- Best community float
- Best business float
- Best theme float
- Judge’s choice
And, of course, to kick off the holiday season, Santa and Mrs. Claus will wrap up the parade. Aside from getting a live look at the action, the parade will be televised on the City of Lakeland’s Facebook Page, or Spectrum Channel 643, FiOS Channel 43, or Comcast Channel 5.