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64th Annual Christmas Parade to Air Live on YouTube and Education Channel

DECEMBER 6, 2018 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC, Public Relations & Communications Director

352.671.7555 ◊ FAX: 352.671.7735 ◊ CELL: 352.840.3265

Email:  Public.Relations@Marion.k12.fl.us

 Friends of the Christmas Parade Logo

64th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE AIRS LIVE

ON YOUTUBE AND EDUCATION CHANNEL

 

MARION COUNTY – Marion County Public Schools is pleased to broadcast the 64th annual Ocala/Marion County Christmas Parade live on television and YouTube this Saturday, December 8, starting at 5:30PM.

 

The annual event draws 60,000-plus spectators to East Silver Springs Boulevard, many who are already staking claim to seats days ahead of time along the two-mile parade route.  This year’s parade is themed “The Magic of Christmas” and involves over 3,000 riders, marchers, and other participants.  The theme was suggested by Naz McHellon, a first grader at St. John Lutheran School in Ocala, who will serve as the parade’s Junior Grand Marshall.  This year’s Grand Marshalls are the Paglia Family -- John, Michael and Diane -- owners of Florida Express Environmental being honored for their generosity to the community.

 

Approximately 105 units including floats, marching bands, dance troupes, baton twirling groups, motorcycle units, and equine entries are taking part this year.  The line-up also includes local dignitaries, military units, business owners, dozens of other community groups, and, of course, Santa Claus!

 

Parade commentators this year include 17-year veteran host Kevin Christian, Theresa Boston-Ellis and Beth McCall, all representing Marion County Public Schools.

 

The parade airs live and in high definition (HD) on the district YouTube channel (MCPSmedia).  It also airs live on the Marion Education Channel (MEC), available on more than a dozen local cable systems including Comcast Channel 99 and Cox Channel 12. 

 

The parade replays on the MEC through December every Friday and Saturday at 7PM and Sundays at 2PM.  The YouTube version is available 24/7.

 

These broadcasts are offered as a community service by Marion County Public Schools.  The Ocala/Marion County Christmas Parade is organized by the Friends of the Christmas Parade, a non-profit organization made up of community volunteers.

 

Contact the district’s Public Relations Office at 352.671.7555 for more information.

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