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Christmas parade is coming to town

The theme of this year's Hernando County Christmas Parade in Brooksville is Christmas 2000: Celebrating Florida Style.

By JOY DAVIS-PLATT

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 8, 2000


BROOKSVILLE -- For the 26th time, Brooksville's Kiwanis Club is putting together a show filled with floats, animals and music.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, the Hernando County Christmas Parade will begin on Oakwood Drive in Brooksville. The parade will wind south on Howell Avenue and turn east onto Fort Dade Avenue, ending by the post office.

About 125 entries will participate, including marching bands, floats, Boy and Girl Scout troops and equestrians.

More than 100 Shriners from all over the Tampa Bay area will bring along their floats, motorcycles, funny cars, trains and clowns.

This year's theme is Christmas 2000: Celebrating Florida Style. Entries will be judged on theme adherence, creativity and craftsmanship in various categories. The grand marshal for the parade will be retiring Sheriff Tom Mylander.

Immediately after the parade, from noon to 4 p.m., will be the Brooksville Christmas Festival at the City Hall parking lot, 201 Howell Ave.

The event will feature a visit from Santa, games, food, entertainment, hayrides and holiday crafts.

The City Hall art gallery -- featuring the work of local artists, poets, photographers and quilters -- will be open for tours. Admission is free.

The Brooksville Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, will offer candlelight tours from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. As in holidays past, the 12-room, four-story Victorian house features a gingerbread kitchen, a Teddy bear tea party and a Victorian parlor, all decked out in Christmas finery. Tours are $3 for adults and $1 for children. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 799-0129.

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