54th Annual Children’s Christmas Parade

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 has always been considered a small town parade, and it was once joked that it was the only parade that would pass by you twice due to the original route up and then back down Ocean Avenue. While the route has since changed, the spirit of the parade has not. Friends and neighbors all come out and line the new parade route down Oak Street, cheering on all of our community children, floats, and emergency vehicles that enter the parade. Santa also makes a guest appearance at the end of the parade, riding on top of a fire engine all the way to the pancake breakfast that takes place immediately after the parade. To register yourself or your group to enter the parade as a participant, please use the online registration link below.
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Children’s Christmas Parade FAQs

What are the times that I need to know for this event?

  • The 2019 Children’s Christmas Parade will start at 9 am, and usually lasts for approx. 45 minutes.
  • Registration to enter the parade will start at 8:15 am at Advent Lutheran Church (1805 Oak St.)
  • All entrants that have completed registration should report to the parade marshal for staging and instructions by 8:30 am.
  • The awards are given immediately following the parade, usually around 10:00 am, in front of the Fire Department.
  • The Pancake Breakfast also begins immediately after the parade, usually around 10:00am, at the Fire Department, and typically goes until 11:30 am.

How much does this event cost to enter?

  • This event is FREE to enter or watch, and is funded 100% through donations made to the MBVFA, our not-for-profit organization.

Who can enter the parade?

  • Any group or individual can enter the parade as long as the entry is family friendly and fits the intended theme, which is a small town holiday parade, with the emphasis being on children & families.
  • Trophies are given for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place for the following categories:
    • Traditional Christmas Spirit
    • Creative Holiday Theme
    • Children are the Stars

What are the rules for entering the parade?

  • Pre-Registration is required for all entries into the parade.
  • 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)
  • Items such as candy or beads may be tossed from your float or display, but must be thrown out of the parade route to keep children from running into the road.
  • There must be an adult “wheel walker” on each side of all large vehicles, trailers, or floats in the parade for safety reasons.
  • We ask that you provide plenty of stopping distance from the group in front of you for safety reasons.

 

** The Parade Marshal has the final say on the line up, as well as whether or not an entry is deemed to meet the above criteria. The Parade Marshal, on behalf of the MBVFD, reserves the right to remove any entry from parade, at any time, for any reason. **

Do I need to pre-register to enter the parade?

YES!

  • Just like last year, pre-registration is required to enter the parade.  The preferred method of registration is online at the link above.  If you have trouble registering at the link above, you can call Fire Chief Brown at (321)724-1736 ext.1 to register over the phone.
  • You will need to report to the registration table at 8:15 am on the day of the event to check-in.  The registration table will already have your completed pre-registration, saving you time when you check in.

What is the route for the parade?

  • The route this year will be the same as last year.  The parade will start at Advent Lutheran Church at 1805 Oak Street in Melbourne Beach.  It will proceed north up Oak Street to Ocean Avenue.  The parade will turn at Ocean Avenue and proceed west down Ocean Avenue and ends at the Melbourne Beach Pier.  There is a Map of the parade route available in the Documents Section below.
  • Historically, the route 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 then come back down Ocean Avenue to the fire station.  This is why it was once joked that it was the only parade that would pass you by twice.  The route changed in 2018 due to FDOT regulations that made it nearly impossible to continue the original route.

Where can I watch the parade?

  • There are plenty of great spots to observe the parade along the new route.  Sidewalks line the East side of Oak street providing great viewing.  Additionally, all of the side streets will be blocked along the parade route, providing additional viewing areas for you to come out and support your block.  There is also great viewing along both sides of Ocean Avenue and from Ryckman Park.

What age group is this event appropriate for?

  • The Children’s Christmas Parade is fun and appropriate for all ages!

Can my group or entry lead the parade?

  • 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.

Can my group or entry “perform” for the judges?

  • Groups may stop to “perform” for the judges, but we ask that the performances be kept under 60 seconds to keep the parade moving.
  • The judges table will be located on the West side of Oak Street at 1st Avenue.

Are there bathrooms on site?

  • Yes, there are bathrooms located in Ryckman Park that will be open for use during the Children’s Christmas Parade.

Will there be food at the event?

Yes!

  • We will be doing our All you can eat Pancake Breakfast again this year immediately following the parade.
  • The pancake breakfast is all you can eat, and includes pancakes, orange juice, scrambled eggs w/ cheese, sausage, and coffee.
  • The Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years old.

Is there a rain-out plan?

  • 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.

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