Sebastian Christmas Parade Brings Families Out to See Santa

Sebastian Christmas Parade
Sebastian Christmas Parade

The Sebastian Christmas Parade was a success on Friday as residents gathered along Indian River Drive between Main Street and Riverview Park.

Sebastian knows how to come together safely, whether it’s for Celebrate Sebastian, Lights Up Night, or the Christmas Parade. Most families did practice social distancing from other families, and some wore masks when social distancing was not possible. 

The colder temperature of 66 degrees also added to the season as some children drank hot cocoa while watching the parade.

The event was made possible after Vice Mayor Jim Hill pushed for the Christmas Parade after receiving numerous emails and phone calls from Sebastian citizens.

The parade was more significant than expected after several local businesses decided to join last week. Some businesses included Pareidolia Brewing Company, Sebastian Watercraft Rentals, Sandbar Sunday Outfitters, and many more.

Also present were the Sebastian Area Veterans Honor Guard, the Sebastian River High School Band, Riverside Church, Sebastian Elks, Salvation Army, Sebastian Karate, and several charities.

Santa Claus was also in the parade, greeting children and handing out goodies. Santa’s House at Riverview Park was canceled over COVID-19 concerns.

Live coverage of the parade was made possible by the City of Sebastian, which was also shared on the Sebastian Daily Facebook page

Here are a few photos from last night’s parade.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.