Who doesn’t’ love a parade? No matter your age, the Centennial Parade will surely start the Finale Day off on the right foot on Saturday morning, October 26, starting at 10:00 a.m. The staging area will be located at the Vero Beach High School on 16th Street for all participants to line up for the trek down 14th Avenue and through Historic Downtown until right past the old Vero Beach Railroad Station.
Orchestrated by John Michael Matthews, Vicky Gould, Linda Hillman, Diane Miller, Pam Cooper, Peggy Lyon, Joan Edwards and the City Clerk’s Office, the parade will mark the end of the year-long activities that have taken place in celebration of Vero Beach turning 100 years old.
Onlookers can begin setting up at their favorite spots along the route to watch thevehicles, floats, bands, walkers, riders and the children in the 64th Annual Halloween Parade sponsored by the Recreation Department of the City of Vero Beach. Nearly 300 to 500 costumed children are expected to march after they congregate at the Freshman Learning Center, enjoy the annual Costume Judging Contest and lead the Centennial parade along their route. Always moving are the Color Guards from both the Vero Beach Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department followed by the Grand Marshal, “the First Lady of Vero Beach” Alma Lee Loy. Vatland Auto and Dyer Auto Group have donated convertibles for the honored guests who will follow including the Centennial Co-Chairs Tammy Bursick (City Clerk) and Tony Young (City Councilman/Vice Chair Vero Beach City Council), Miss Centennial Anna Valencia Tillery and Miss Hibiscus 2019 Rebekah Parsons .
About one dozen people playing bagpipes and drums representing the Scottish Society & Pipes and Drums will thrill the crowds along with the Vero Beach High School Band…the Pride of the Treasure Coast. Garrett Travel will showcase more than a dozen walkers dressed in international traditional dress from around the world…some in Scottish Kilts, Irish Step Dancer and Japanese Kimonos, to mention a few. The Twirlers of Vero Beach, consisting of Kindergarten through 5th grade students from Osceola Middle School and Liberty Magnet School are excited to demonstrate their brand-new twirling skills with the crowds….lets watch their parents be proud! Thanks to the Cattleman’s Association and the Tripson Farm, we’ll see cattle and cattle dogs along the route. The Mental Health Association will be showing off their Centennial Turtle from a decorated golf cart. Painted by Artist Barbara Sharp, the turtle will later be on display at the Heritage Center. Again, in a moving representation, the Vero Beach Veterans and Gold Star Mothers will be marching to honor their children lost in war. The Moonshot Reading Rocket, The Vero Beach Yacht Club Party Boat, VNA’s Mobile Health Clinic, Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Canteen and the Rotary Club’s Chuck Wagon will be among the floats in the parade.
Nearly 100 participants and roughly 1,500 actual individuals are expected to be a part of the parade. Other parade participants include but are not limited to the Clean Water Coalition, Community Church, Dyer Auto Group, Environmental Learning Center, Florida Eye Institute, Florida Power and Light, Grace Baptist Church, Indian River Charter High School’s Performing Arts Program, Indian River Rugby Club, Magic Carpet Ride, Maximum Velocity Gymnastics, Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, Sunrise Rotary Club, Treasure Coast Jeep Club, Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce, Vero Beach Lifeguard Association, Vero Beach Quilters Guild, Vero Beach Rowing Club, Vero’s Voice Magazine, Veterans Council of IRC, Youth Sailing Foundation, Treasure & Space Coast Radio Stations, and the Tree and Beautification Commission.
Celebrating 20 years of entertaining Vero Beach, Disc Jockey Joe Tessier, owner of Swingsation’s Studios, will be kicking off the morning festivities at 9 a.m. playing a great mix of lively and fun music that will entertain and delight both the parade participants and onlookers. While all are welcome anywhere along the route, the main action will be by the Parade Reviewing stand at the intersection of 14th Ave and 21st Street. Radio Hosts Bob Soos and Hamp Elliot from WGYL and WTTB (The official radio station for the Centennial), will join Tessier announcing all the colorful news about the parade participants, floats, bands and getting the crowd all revved up for the day ahead.
Once the parade ends, bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics to Pocahontas park for the remainder of the scheduled events until 6:30 p.m. Enjoy this glorious fall day, one community making new memories together….while listening to music and enjoying the parade, booth and historical displays, an art sweepstakes, food, friends and family while mingling in and around Pocahontas Park and more ….The Centennial Celebration Finale….mingle with old friends and make new ones.
The Centennial Celebration year has been sponsored by Florida Power & Light. The official Centennial Flagship Radio Station is WTTB News Radio 105.7 FM/1490 AM. A special thanks to The Amateur Radio Club with 12 volunteers who will be providing communication for the parade and to The Boy Scouts and Explorers who are volunteering to help out and to handle clean up at the event. Co-chairs for the Celebration are Tammy Bursick and Tony Young. For road closures, parade route, parking opportunities, shuttle bus times, and all other information about the day, please visit www.verobeach100.org. Feel free to also download a Centennial flyer or brochure prepared by Beverly S. Paris Centennial Official Publicist along with Adams Media Group and pass on to your friends and neighbors. All times on event schedule are approximate. For added information, contact Co-chair Tammy Bursick at 772-978-4700.