Hollywood Holiday Tradition Returns to the Broadwalk 59th Annual Candy Cane Parade to Turn the Broadwalk into a Peppermint Paradise
HOLLYWOOD - Now in its 59th year, the Candy Cane Parade returns to the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The theme for this year’s parade is “Peppermint Paradise,” and it will bring the holiday spirit to the Broadwalk! The parade begins on the Broadwalk at Scott Street and heads south to Harrison Street. Festive floats, marching bands and creative displays from civic, non-profit and children’s groups all come together with the City to put on this much anticipated hometown holiday tradition.
The Hollywood Beach Candy Cane Parade is one of the longest running holiday parades in the country. It started back in the mid 1950’s by a group of Hollywood merchants as a way to draw patrons to their shops and businesses. Today it features dozens of lighted floats and vehicles with parade participants tossing out candy canes and starlight mints all along the parade route.
Complimentary bleacher seating will be set up on the sand along the parade route from Scott Street to Tyler Street with parade announcers stationed across from Charnow Park at Garfield Street and at the Hollywood Beach Theatre at Johnson Street. Spectators also may bring a blanket or lawn chair for top-notch viewing along the parade route or reserve a table at one of the many seaside restaurants for a complete beachfront experience.
To ease traffic, the City encourages parade-goers to park in one of the downtown parking garages and take the free patron shuttles to the beach from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The parking garages are located at 19th Avenue at Polk Street and 20th Avenue at Van Buren Street. Prevailing downtown parking rates apply.
In addition to the shuttle, the Hollywood Trolley will also be running from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. with convenient stops downtown and along the beach for $1 per person, per trip.
The Candy Cane Parade is presented in partnership with the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency. For more information contact the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts at 954.921. 3404.
Shop Small in Hollywood
This Saturday, November 29th from noon until 6:00 p.m. participating businesses in the City of Hollywood will have special Shop Small deals and activities such as live music, face painting and holiday carolers. Shop Small Ambassadors will be roaming each area directing shoppers to participating businesses. Look for participating businesses located on the beach, downtown and in the Johnson Street Business District marked with a blue balloon. Visit www.hollywoodfl.org/shopsmall for the complete list of participating businesses.