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Colonial Night Watch Parade | St. Augustine Parade

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Colonial Night Watch Parade

7 p.m., Dec. 5

Spain and Britain call a truce this year for St. Augustine’s holiday salute to its colonial ancestors.

Historic re-enactors representing the city of St. Augustine from 1739 to 1785 will participate in a colorful torch-lit parade celebrating the holidays.

Participants include Spanish and British military units, Native Americans and Florida militias of the period.

The parade begins at the Castillo de San Marcos, and when it reaches the City Gates, the public is invited to follow along to the parade’s destination at the Government House, 48 Cathedral Place, where a welcoming speech will be heard, and Christmas carols will ring in the holiday season.

For information, call 501-0391 or go to hfm.club.

10 to 11:30 a.m., Dec. 5

One of the largest parades in Northeast Florida, the St. Augustine Annual Christmas Parade includes floats, marching bands, cars, horses, and, of course, the arrival of Santa.

The 61st annual event starts near the Mission Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Ave., and continues through the streets of historic downtown St. Augustine ending behind the Visitor Informaion Center on Castillo Drive. After the parade, the public is invited to stop by the Plaza de la Constitucion to have pictures taken with Santa.

For information, call 824-4997.