St. Augustine readies to celebrate Easter

Parade features NFL football players, FAMU’s Marching 100 band

The St. Augustine Easter Parade will begin at 3 p.m. April 16 in downtown St. Augustine. The historic parade route starts at the Old Jail Museum, 167 San Marco Ave., and runs through downtown St. Augustine.

 

The family-friendly parade, known as the Parada de los Caballos y Coches (Parade of Horses and Carriages), began in 1957 and is organized through the St. Augustine Easter Week Festival.


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Parade entries include St. Augustine’s Royal Family, the Easter Bunny, clowns, drill teams, community floats and marching bands.

St. Augustine Easter Week Festival Parade Director David Chatterton said the parade is focused on drawing local spectators from St. Augustine and St. Johns County and visitors.

“We enjoy putting on the parade for residents, and their families and friends who set up chairs and stand along the parade route,” Chatterton said. “The opportunity to share the excitement of the locally focused parade is a 61-year tradition in the Nation’s Oldest City.”

Parade participants, including nonprofit organizations, youth organizations, volunteer organizations, service organizations and civic groups, compete for prizes in several categories including open, historic and Easter divisions.

In March, parade organizers announced that Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) The Marching “100” Band will be featured at the parade this year.

In addition, the parade’s two grand marshals are star kickers currently in the National Football League (NFL). Cairo Santos and Caleb Sturgis both graduated from St. Augustine-based high schools.

Santos is currently a place kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Sturgis is a place kicker for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Santos attended St. Joseph’s Academy High School, and Sturgis attended St. Augustine High School. After the parade, Santos and Sturgis will sign autographs at the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center, 10 West Castillo Drive.

The grand marshals for this year’s parade are sponsored by Historic Tours of America and Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine.

Specifically, the Willie Galimore FAMU National Alumni Chapter launched a donation campaign to bring the FAMU band to the parade through a variety of activities to raise funds to support the band’s transportation, lodging and food.

Cynthia A. Williams, Vice President of the Willie Galimore FAMU National Alumni Chapter, said the FAMU band will include approximately 180 band members.

“We are very proud of our alumni and business partners for donations and direct funding, and for producing statewide events like T-shirt sales, raffles and barbecues,” Williams said.

For information about the St. Augustine Easter Week Festival, call 829-3800 or go to staugeasterfestival.com/history.html.

FROMAJADA CELEBRATION

A Fromajada Celebration will follow the Easter Parade at 5 p.m. at the Colonial Quarter, 10 West Castillo Drive. Traditional Minorcan pastries will be served and parad awards will be presented. For information, call 829-3800 or go to oldestciyeaster.or.

EASTER EGG HUNTS
SATURDAY

  • Adventure Landing | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. | 2780 State Road 16
  • Anastasia Baptist Church | 9:15 a.m. | 1650 State Road A1A South
  • Chets Creek Church | 9:30 a.m. to noon | 105 Greenleaf Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach
  • Palm Valley Baptist Church | 10:30 a.m. | 4890 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra Beach

SUNDAY

  • Memorial Presbyterian Church | 9:30 a.m. | 32 Sevilla St.

BEACHSIDE SUNRISE SERVICES

  • CRESCENT BEACH | 7 a.m. | 6930 State Road A1A South | Presented by Crescent Beach Baptist Church 
  • VILANO BEACH | 7 a.m. | 2725 Anahma Drive | Presented by The Church at Vilano and First United Methodist Church

MISCELLANEOUS

  • EASTER PROMENADE | Noon | Plaza de la Constitucion

 

 

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