53rd Annual Children’s Christmas Parade & Pancake Breakfast
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15th 2018 from 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Every December since 1965, the volunteers of the Melbourne Beach Vol. Fire Dept. have hosted the Annual Children’s Christmas Parade in Melbourne Beach. The event is considered a small town parade, and it used to be joked that it was the only parade that would pass by you twice due to it’s previous route down Ocean Avenue. The Parade is now held as the “grand finale” to the Town of Melbourne Beach’s Holiday Event Week, starting with the Christmas Tree Lighting in town. Check below for more information.
NEW FOR 2018:
Online Pre-Registration Now Required, Register Above!
ALL YOU CAN EAT Pancake Breakfast fundraiser to be held at the Fire Station after the parade. All proceeds will benefit the Town of Melbourne Beach’s new playground equipment project. More details below.
NEW PARADE ROUTE FOR 2018!!! See below for more details.
Children's Christmas Parade & Pancake Breakfast FAQs
Saturday, December 15th 2018 from 9am-11:30am .
- 8:15 am – Check-In for entries in the parade @ Advent Lutheran Church (1805 Oak Street)
- 8:30 am – All entrants that have checked in should report to the parade marshal for staging and further instructions
- 9:00 am – Parade begins in front of the Advent Lutheran Church and usually lasts for 45-60 minutes
- 10:00 am – Presentation of trophies at the Community Center
- 10:00 am to 11:30 am – Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station hosted by the MBVFD Inc.
The Children’s Christmas Parade is FREE to enter or watch, and is funded 100% through donations made to MBVFD Inc., our not-for-profit organization.
The ALL YOU CAN EAT Pancake Breakfast will be $8 for Adults and $4 for kids (12 & under). The Breakfast will include all you can eat pancakes, sausage, eggs, orange juice and coffee. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Town of Melbourne Beach’s new playground equipment project.
Any group or individual can enter the parade as long as their display is holiday themed, family friendly, and meets all of the rules for entry below.
Trophies are given for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place for the following categories:
- Traditional Christmas Spirit
- Creative Holiday Theme
- Children are the Stars
All entries in the parade must be family friendly and fit the intended theme, which is a small town holiday parade, with the emphasis being on children & families.
As such the following are prohibited from entry into the parade:
- Any entries that are used as political platform.
- Any entries that are deemed to contain controversial or inappropriate subjects, themes, or messages.
- Any entries that are used strictly to promote a business and that do not have a children’s holiday theme & decorations.
- Any entries that have a live character dressed up as Santa. (Santa will already be in the parade)
**** The MBVFD reserves the right to deny entry in the parade for any reason ****
New for 2018, all entries in the parade are now required to pre-register online.
There will be no “last minute morning-of registrations” allowed this year like previous years.
**** All pre-registrations must be received by Friday, December 14th at 2 pm. ****
You should receive an email back within 72 hours confirming your registration status, and providing you with your registered entry number. If you do not receive an email back, please contact the Fire Station Manager at (321) 724-1736 ext. 2 or at FireStation@MelbourneBeachFL.org
NEW THIS YEAR: The MBVFD Inc. Children’s Christmas Parade will now take a new route down Oak Street and Ocean Ave.
Starting this year, the parade will now begin at Advent Lutheran Church in Melbourne Beach, located at 1805 Oak St, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951. The Parade will run north down Oak Street to Ocean Avenue, where the parade will take a left turn, and head West down Ocean Avenue. The Parade will end at Ryckman Park.
In the past, the route historically started at the Melbourne Beach Vol. Fire Station, and went down Ocean Avenue to the East. The parade would then turn around at the Flag Pole at Ocean Park, and head back down Ocean Avenue to the fire station. It had long been joked that it was the only parade that would pass you twice.
With the new route, there are still plenty of great spots to watch the parade!
Spectators can watch the parade from the sidewalk that runs along the East side of Oak Street. There is also plenty of room to watch the parade from the sidewalks on both sides of Ocean Avenue, and in front of Ryckman Park.
NEW THIS YEAR: We are encouraging spectators to come out and represent their block here in town. The block with the best cheering section will get recognition at the awards portion of the event and bragging rights for the year.
The Children’s Christmas Parade is fun and appropriate for all ages!
Unfortunately NO, the parade is always led by a fire engine for safety, and then followed by the local Boy Scout troop carrying the American Flag.
Groups may stop to “perform” for the judges, but we ask that the performances be kept under 60 seconds to keep the parade moving.
Yes, there are bathrooms located in Ryckman Park and Ocean Park that will be open for use during the Children’s Christmas Parade.
Yes! This year the MBVFD Inc. will be hosting an ALL YOU CAN EAT Pancake Breakfast fundraiser immediately after the parade. The cost for the Pancake Breakfast will be $8 for Adults and $4 for kids (12 & under). The Breakfast will include all you can eat pancakes, sausage, eggs, orange juice and coffee. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Town of Melbourne Beach’s new playground equipment project.
Yes, in the case of severe weather, the Children’s Christmas Parade will be rescheduled for a later date. Check our website and/or our Facebook page at Facebook.com/mbvfd for current updates and information on our events.