Thousands expected to line streets for annual Lakeland Christmas parade tonight


Tonight is the 38th annual Christmas parade in Lakeland. 

Thousands of people come out for the event and every year it seems to grow bigger and bigger. Many families stake out their spot and set up chairs days in advance to get the best seat possible. This has been a controversy for years and on the city’s website about the event, they ask that no one place chairs out earlier than Wednesday.

The city also asks to not block sidewalks, entrances, or ADA ramps or place chairs in wheelchair accessible seating areas. Chairs placed in those areas will be moved out of the way.

The parade takes about six months of preparations and nearly 100 floats will participate.

Road closures will begin today as early as 4 p.m. to ensure a safe route for those who are in the parade and attending.

The parade will leave the RP Funding Center and make its way down Lemon Street twisting and turning through downtown Lakeland.  

A fireworks display over Lake Mirror at 7 p.m.will start the festivities.

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