"A Whoville Holiday": The 67th Annual Candy Cane Parade on Hollywood Beach
November 29, 2023
In the heart of Hollywood, Florida, a vibrant celebration continues to enchant locals and visitors alike—welcome to the 67th Annual Hollywood Beach Candy Cane Parade. This cherished event, steeped in history and festivity, is a testament to the community spirit that has flourished since its inception in the mid-1950’s. A jubilant extravaganza set against the backdrop of the picturesque Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, the parade promises an evening of joy, wonder, and holiday magic for all who attend.
What began as a creative initiative by a group of enterprising Hollywood merchants has blossomed into one of the longest-standing holiday parades in the nation. The inaugural parade was conceived as a clever strategy to entice patrons to peruse the local shops and businesses. Over the decades, this simple yet ingenious idea has grown into a beloved tradition, captivating audiences with its array of brilliantly illuminated floats and vehicles.
Scheduled to commence at 7:00 p.m., the Candy Cane Parade is a dazzling spectacle that winds its way along the iconic Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, embarking from Missouri Street and meandering southward to Harrison Street. Anticipation runs high as spectators eagerly gather along the parade route, eager to witness the mesmerizing procession of lighted floats, spirited marching bands, and captivating displays presented by civic, non-profit, and children's groups.
For those seeking optimal viewing, the Hollywood Beach Theatre at Johnson Street offers complimentary seating, while guests are encouraged to bring along their own lawn chairs for added comfort and prime parade viewing. Alternatively, reserving a table at one of the charming seaside restaurants promises a delightful vantage point to revel in the festivities.
Parking on the barrier island can be challenging during such a popular event. To alleviate congestion, parade-goers are urged to park in the Downtown Parking Garages starting at 5:00 p.m. Conveniently located at 19th Avenue at Polk Street and 20th Avenue at Van Buren Street, these garages offer FREE Patron Shuttles to transport attendees to the beach. Shuttles will operate continuously until the evening's conclusion at 10:00 p.m., following which the final shuttle will depart the beach area.
In an admirable effort to preserve the beauty of Hollywood, parade participants have been encouraged to contribute to the city's environmental initiatives by distributing candy directly to onlookers, rather than tossing it from floats. This thoughtful approach aims to minimize waste along the Broadwalk and sandy shores. Additionally, parade-goers can play their part by bringing reusable water bottles, furthering the community's commitment to sustainability.
A collaborative effort between the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency and the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts, the Candy Cane Parade epitomizes the city's dedication to fostering joyous communal experiences. For those seeking more information about this signature holiday event, the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts can be reached at: (954) 921-3404.
As the 67th Annual Hollywood Beach Candy Cane Parade approaches, the excitement and anticipation reverberate throughout the community. It's a time-honored tradition that brings together residents and visitors, uniting them in the spirit of merriment and spreading cheer that illuminates the season. Mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and join us for an unforgettable evening filled with the magic of the holidays at the Candy Cane Parade on Hollywood Beach.
To watch a video of a previous years Candy Cane Parade on Hollywood Beach visit: https://youtu.be/uKzUubHH0NY