The holiday season has officially started! And there’s no better way to celebrate the special occasion than with a parade. On the 3rd of December, the annual Holiday Parade at the Beach will take over the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, bringing with it floats, balloons, and plenty of merry-making. It might not be as big as the Macy’s Day Parade, but that doesn’t mean it’s not charming in its own right. Besides, the most important guest, the jolly fat man himself, is still in attendance!
The parade travels north along Atlantic Avenue from 5th to 25th street, with the reviewing stand located at 25th street. As with every other event during the year, the community is heavily involved in it, so showing up supports not only local businesses and servicemen, but the schools, too. The fire and police department have their own special role to play, along with the high school marching band, dancers from the local dance academies, and equestrian friends from nearby farms. Beyond that, though, there’s plenty else to see, and enough to draw tourists in for the occasion. Motorcycles, professional dance groups from around the state, lighted floats, and sky-high balloons.
Just like the Macy’s Day Parade, the big event of the evening is Santa’s arrival. His float might be a tiny bit smaller, but the cheer’s just as big, and the Christmas carolling just as loud. If you’ve got children, it’s really a special moment to see the big guy up there, especially when he’s later available in town to take pictures and hear from some excited little boys and girls about what they want for Christmas.
Will you be checking out the parade? What seasonal event are you looking forward to at the Beach?