Annual Optimist Christmas Parade is Dec. 8
We are less than one week away from the Optimist Club of the Beaches' annual Christmas Parade at Pier Park. The parade is set for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, and promises to be grand in many ways, with 80 parade entries so far; last's year's parade had a total of 80 entries.
The Panama City Beach Mayor and City Council will be in the parade this year, as well as the Bay County Commission, the Panama City Beach Police Department, the Panama City Beach Mosquito Control helicopter and several marching bands. Santa will bring up the rear of the parade in the PCB Fire Department fire truck. Candy will be given out by many of the participants along the parade route.
The parade, which has been an annual tradition since the 1970s, begins on Powell Adams Road which runs between Target and Walmart. The parade will stage behind Target and go south on Powell Adams Road, turning right (west) onto Front Beach Road, and turning right into the main entrance of Pier Park. It will travel through Pier Park and end behind Target.
Earlier this week the City Council approved the closure of several roads for the parade. Roads to be closed between 3 and 7 p.m. include: Pier Park Drive, Starfish Street, Bluefish Drive, Stingray Drive, L.C. Hilton Drive and Powell Adams Road.
There is still time to register to be in the parade. There is no entrance fee required for participants. Register your entry here: Christmas-Parade-registration
Public Information Officer Debbie Ward can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 233-5100.