The Port Orange Christmas Parade is always a fun way for the whole family to begin celebrating the holidays. The parade is usually held the first weekend in December, but if you’re planning to visit, it’s best to check ahead of time with the Chamber of Commerce for the exact dates of the parade. The Port Orange Christmas Parade is an old-fashioned street parade, complete with floats, marching bands, fire trucks, dance squads, beauty queens, and of course, Santa Claus. The parade route begins at Nova Road east on Dunlawton, then on to Orange Avenue. The parade route is approximately 1.5 miles long and always begins at 2:00pm. It usually lasts about two hours.

The Christmas Parade features Miss Port Orange USA, Miss Daytona Beach Teen USA, Miss Daytona Beach USA and Miss Volusia County, who all ride in vehicles along the parade route to wave and greet visitors. There is always a “parade theme,” and floats are judged on appearance, originality and how well the conform to the parade theme. There’s a height restriction for the floats of 12 feet high and 12 feet wide. Float awards are given for first and second place. Many local and school bands perform in the parade, little ones enjoy seeing the bright and shiny fire engines, dance teams perform their routines along the route, candy is handed out to children, and horses usually round out the parade towards the end. Santa Claus always makes an appearance at the Port Orange parade to the delight of both children and adults alike. All in all, The Port Orange Christmas Parade is a great way to spend an afternoon with the family and usher in the Christmas season.


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