With a brief break in the frigid weather, this year’s Christmas Parade was as great as ever. With thousands of attendees lining the route that weaved through Pier Park and float riders passing out buckets of candy and beads, Saturday evening was a joyous time for all.
Float participants ranged from local ROTC groups to the various news stations, The Shriners, High School bands, Panama City Beach Mayor Gayle Oberst, The Beach Mosquito Control and more. The parade ended with an appearance from Jolly Old Saint Nick himself, Santa Clause.
The parade was organized by the local Optimist Club and has been an annual tradition for 30 years.