Holiday Parade returns to W Venice Ave 11/30; no chairs allowed in medians
The Venice Holiday Parade, set for Saturday, Nov. 30 in downtown Venice, is back on West Venice Avenue this year.
Although there is early setup of chairs along the parade route the Wednesday evening before the parade, there will be no chairs set up or spectators allowed in the medians of the 100-300 blocks of W. Venice Ave.
Any chairs, blankets or other items set up in the medians will be removed by the City of Venice Public Works Department at owners’ expense. This is to both protect the new plantings in the medians and avoid any trip hazard from the wood stakes bracing new palms, part of the Downtown Venice Beautification Project. Parade-goers are asked to please follow the posted signage.
Pre-parade entertainment will be in two locations to include the corner of Harbor Drive and W. Venice Ave. and the corner of Nokomis Ave. and W. Venice Ave, starting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30. The parade will begin at Park Boulevard at 7 p.m.
The parade officially begins at the corner of Park Blvd. and W. Venice Ave (south side). It will proceed on the north side of W. Venice Ave. after crossing over Harbor Drive. From there, it will make a turn on Nokomis Avenue and go all the way down to Turin Street, where it turns right, ultimately making its way to the Venice Community Center, where the parade ends.
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The parade route will be closed to all traffic at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. This includes both side of W. Venice Ave. and N. Nokomis Ave. between Tampa and Venice avenues. For public safety purposes, these closings may be adjusted as needed.
EARLY SET-UP OF CHAIRS: Chairs may be placed along the parade route after 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 by the public (at your own risk). No bleachers, couches, rope, stakes, tarps, canopies or mats please; these items will be removed by Public Works. Any chairs placed before 6 p.m. Nov. 27 will also be disposed of by Public Works. Remember: no chairs set up or spectators allowed in the medians in the 100-300 blocks of W. Venice Ave.
Public parking will be available at Venice High School.
Venice's Boy Scout Troop 77 will again be collecting nonperishable food and monetary contributions from the public during the parade. Last year, the Scouts collected 200-plus pounds of canned and boxed goods and an all-time high of $833 in cash. The benefactor of these donations was the South County Food Pantry, which will be the recipient again this year.
The Scouts will walk the parade route just behind the Color Guard and Venice Police at the parade's 7 p.m. start.
For more information, please visit the Holiday Parade website or call 941-488-8780.