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Five Best Food & Drink Events in South Florida This Weekend: So Many Holiday Parades in South Florida

Congratulations, you made it through yet another working week. You might as well give yourself a pat on the back to celebrate -- or better yet, a drink or three.

This week, we dedicate our weekend roundup to the traditional kickoff to the holiday season here in South Florida - the holiday parade. And, of course, it wouldn't be a holiday parade in Florida if it were on or near the water, so we've included boat parades and even a stand up paddle board parade. (We're so sporty.)

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5. Hollywood Beach Candy Cane Parade

It's Destination Illumination this year at the Hollywood Broadwalk's Candy Cane Parade. On Saturday, December 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., marching bands, floats, community groups, and more will be taking over the beach. Call 954-921-3404, or visit

4. The 37th-annual Boat Parade in Boca Raton

Starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, December 7, at C-15 Canal (on the Boca Raton and Delray Beach border), boats decked out for the holidays are making their way around the Intracoastal. Entrance is free for boats; prizes will be given to the best "dressed." Public viewing is available at Silver Palm and Red Reef parks. Visit

3. Garden of Lights at Flamingo Gardens

Starting the weekend of December 6 to 8 and continuing the following weekend, Flamingo Gardens is bringing the holidays to the tropics with thousands of lights, decorations, and holiday seasonal music filling the air. A light show takes place each night from 5 to 7 p.m. The viewing is free with any paid daytime admission or a $5 ticket. Call 954-473-2955, or visit

2. Pompano Beach Boat Parade

Starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, December 8, boats with holiday cheer will be floating down Pompano's waterways. If you want to get in on one of the celebratory boats, space is available on the Musette party boat. For $60 per person, drink, eat, and dance while taking part in the parade. Call 561-791-9686, or visit

1. The South Florida Paddle Sports Christmas Parade

Those with motorless floating objects can get in on the water processions too. On Saturday, December 7, starting at 6 p.m. (lineup begins at 5) DIYers in kayaks and canoes and on paddleboards will celebrate the holidays with decorated boards and traverse the water for the chance to win $250. The parade starts and ends at the Hollywood Beach Marina. An afterparty takes place at Ocean 101 Tiki Bar on Hollywood Beach. Call 954-648-9649, or visit

See also: More Food and Drink Events in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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