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The tubas are coming, the tubas are coming

By JORGE SANCHEZ
Published November 27, 2006


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Holidays and parades go together like presents and bows, and there's no shortage of parades to view in the coming month.

One big change will be the Crystal River Christmas Parade, which will start earlier, take a different route and feature double-sided floats. In past years, the nighttime parade traveled on U.S. 19 and onlookers could view it from the west side only, and the floats were one-sided.

This year's Crystal River Christmas Parade starts at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The new route starts on NE Third Avenue and heads north on U.S. 19 toward the Crystal River Mall, where it will end on NW Sixth Avenue. Onlookers will be able to view the parade on both sides since U.S. 19 will be closed from Turkey Oaks to the intersection of U.S. 19 and State Road 44. Through traffic will be detoured onto Turkey Oaks.

The theme for the 45th annual parade is "A Story Book Christmas", so expect to see lots of favorite Christmas story characters. For more information, please call the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce's Crystal River office at 795-3149.

- The Inverness Christmas Parade begins at noon Dec. 9. The parade will follow its traditional route, rolling down Main Street from the high school to the parking lots at W Highland Boulevard.

Onlookers are advised to get to their favorite parade-watching spots on either side of Main Street about an hour early, as the route fills up fast.

The 85-unit parade features holiday floats, school marching bands, area clubs and organizations, the ever-popular Shriners, clowns, and, of course, the guest of honor: Santa.

Main Street will be closed, and traffic will be detoured to several alternate routes, such as W Highland Boulevard.

A companion event, hosted by the Inverness Department of Parks and Recreation, will be the annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival in historic downtown Inverness from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For information, call the Citrus County chamber's Inverness office at 726-2801.

- The Beverly Hills Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Central Ridge, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. The route is from Beverly Boulevard to the Civic Center on Civic Circle. Call Kiwanis chairman Barry Schwartz at 795-4780.

- The Homosassa River Christmas Boat Parade begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 9. The parade begins near the west end of the river, goes upriver to near the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, and then turns back to finish at Magic Manatee Marina. Prime viewing spots include any of the restaurants along the river or the Magic Manatee Marina.

- The Citrus Springs Holiday Parade "A Tropical Christmas" begins at 2 p.m. Dec. 10. The route is from the fountain on Citrus Springs Boulevard and U.S. 41 to Wesley Jones Park, where the winners of the float competition will be announced.

[Last modified November 26, 2006, 21:43:09]


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