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Rotonda West plans big Christmas Holiday Parade, wants entries

A cou­ple of Santa’s elves from last year’s Rotonda West Christ­mas parade.

Orga­niz­ers of the Rotonda West Christ­mas Hol­i­day Parade have an ambi­tious goal in mind: they’d like to have 100 units in the event, sched­uled for Sat­ur­day, Nov. 27.

They’re already halfway there.

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Fifty-two units have reg­is­tered to date and Don Mahon, orga­nizer, expects many more. He’s look­ing for entries for the fes­tive parade, which will fea­ture bands, floats, clowns, clas­sic cars, Santa, and more.

There is no entry fee. Thou­sands are expected to view the Parade along Rotonda Cir­cle, and three parade units will be selected for Best of Show tro­phies. Rotonda West VFW 10476 will spon­sor a post-Parade pic­nic for par­tic­i­pants and spectators.

The theme of the Parade is “Christ­mas” and all units should dec­o­rate their entries appro­pri­ately. Dead­line for entries is Nov. 1. Rain date for the parade is Sun­day, Nov. 28.

The main ben­e­fi­ciary of the Parade will be the food pantry at Engle­wood Help­ing Hand, Inc. Spec­ta­tors are requested to bring non-perishable food items. Golf carts will travel the Parade route to pick up dona­tions of canned food, paper goods, toys and cash donations.

For infor­ma­tion, email rotondachristmasparade@gmail.com, call 941−697−5591, or go to the Rotonda West Asso­ci­a­tion web­site, www.rotondawest.org.

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2 responses to “Rotonda West plans big Christmas Holiday Parade, wants entries”

  1. Old Fart

    9 / 11 / 2010
    12:49 am

    I’d like to drive the Engle­wood Edge float in that parade too but I told Mark and Nancy I’ll have to pass. Rotunda out of my com­fort zone to drive “Ol Lizzie”. I live in “Olde Engle­wood” I don’t drive the ol girl any far­ther than I care to walk home from, in it’s present con­di­tion.
    If any of you read­ers have a nice con­vert­ible, I know a cou­ple of really deserv­ing peo­ple that you could prob­a­bly talk into rid­ing in the back of it, in a parade.


  2. bigscrb15

    9 / 13 / 2010
    8:59 pm

    Sounds like a great idea! How­ever, I hope they find a bet­ter orga­nizer than the Pio­neer Days parade. We sat at the turn from Dear­born onto McCall. There was a 4–5 minute wait between floats, the dri­vers of floats would stop and have con­ver­sa­tions with spec­ta­tors. What a joke! We, as well as hun­dreds of oth­ers left early because it wasn’t worth the wait. It was a very large parade and would have been great, but the orga­ni­za­tion was hor­ri­ble!! I hope it isn’t the same next year.

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