What: Ybor City will be transformed into a winter wonderland on December 14. Snow will fall from the rooftops and balconies along 7th Avenue – one of the “10 Greatest Streets in America” – while the largest marching band parade in Tampa moves through the historic district.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and his family will lead the parade in a horse-drawn carriage. Following the Buckhorn family are fourteen local marching bands playing holiday music, Santa and Mrs. Claus, City Council members, and four lucky children selected to participate in the parade.
The free, family-friendly fun starts at 6 p.m. with entertainment in the streets. Complimentary 60 gallons of hot chocolate and 7,000 decorated cookies will be served in Centro Ybor.
When: Saturday, December 14, 6 – 9 p.m. Parade starts at 7 p.m.
Where: Historic Ybor City
Snow Zone: East 7th Avenue between 15th and 18th Streets
Parade Route: East 7th Avenue, starting at 20th Street and ending at 14th Street
Cost: Free. Parking in the Centro Ybor garage will be available at a flat rate of $5 per car.
Why: The event is a part of Historic Holiday Spirit, a series of special holiday events born from the idea of reigniting rich traditions while embracing new ones to celebrate the holiday season in Ybor City.
The entire historic district has been decorated with wreaths and lights by neighborhood businesses with the help of volunteers from the community. As recognition for their participation, each local marching band will receive with funds for their respective music programs and paid transportation from their high school to Ybor City.
For a full list of holiday events in Ybor City, visit www.YborCityOnline.com.
Media Parking: Four parking spaces will be reserved for media on 16th Street, directly across from Centro Ybor. The spaces will be available on first come, first serve basis. Access the parking spaces by turning south onto on 16th Street from 7th Avenue.
Road Closures: East 7th Avenue between 20th Street and 13th Street will be closed to traffic Saturday starting at 3 p.m. The road will reopen after the parade concludes.