The 2016 Marianna Christmas Parade
Friday, December 2, 2016
Parade Begins at 5:30 PM
Line-Up Begins at 4:00 PM on Daniels Street
Santa Claus is coming to town, and Main Street Marianna wants to invite the public to celebrate his arrival with the annual festive Christmas Parade. Entries are being sought for the 2016 Christmas Parade, which will be held at 5:30 PM on Friday, December 2nd in downtown Marianna. Our theme this year is “Bright lights, Christmas delights.” Main Street hopes families, churches, youth groups, civic organizations and businesses will enter a float in this year’s parade and would also like to encourage church choirs to carol through the parade. Main Street plans to have parade announcers again this year that will be located at the corner of Caledonia Street and Highway 90. This is an annual fundraising event for Main Street Marianna. The entry fee for the Parade is $25.00. The proceeds from the parade will be earmarked for downtown improvements.
Food and arts & crafts vendors will be set up in Confederate Park at 3:00 PM. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the parade. Remember, please no parade parking on Lafayette Street the day of the parade. Without parked vehicles, the parade goers have a much better view of the parade.
I started thinking of ways to busy the sidewalks and parks in the downtown area and realized a way to spark some interest would be through music, a piano! I have visited New York, Boston and other cities and have seen the pianos randomly placed in parks and on sidewalks. A public piano invites others to play along and gives way to song and laughter, accidental bonding and new friends. This project is important for the City because it helps build community. The piano creates a space for spontaneous interaction between people. The idea of taking an instrument that's most commonly associated with living rooms and big concert halls and putting it outside sort of captivates the imagination.
The point is simple: Bring communities together through random acts of public music. The piano is the musical instrument that any person of any age and any ability can walk up to and put their fingers on and make a beautiful sound.
It’s quite amazing how they transform the area and indeed, introduce strangers to each other and spread the joy of real and spontaneous music. The pianos were donated by Wal*Mart Manager, Mickey Gilmore. Mickey donated his mother’s piano and Partners For Pets donated the other one. The Artist Guild of Northwest Florida has done a beautiful job painting the piano. One is almost complete and will be placed at Madison Street Park on the stage in the next few weeks.