Forget the flying sleigh and magical reindeer; in Florida, Santa rides a fire truck. For the past 43 years, Boca Raton has thrown ol' Saint Nick his very own parade, and every year, it concludes with his fire-truck farewell. Beginning in 1970, the parades were held on Saturday afternoons, but the sweltering December sun was too strong for Santa's rosy cheeks. In 1983, the annual parade was moved to Wednesday evenings -- the twinkling, multicolored lights shine brighter at night too. There will be school marching bands, color guard, and, of course, plenty of baton twirlers. Police cars will blast their sirens and flash their lights. Forty decorated floats will pass by, kick-starting the holiday season. Most floats will also incorporate this year's superheroes theme, whether it's paying homage to vintage comic-book figures or more inconspicuous heroes like teachers and veterans.
The parade route heads down Federal Highway from Glades Road to Camino Real. The parade officially starts at 7:30 p.m., but since 10,000 people are expected to attend, come at least an hour early and with a collapsible chair, cold refreshments, and holiday cheer. Call 561-393-7827, or visit ci.boca-raton.fl.us.
Wed., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., 2013