By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer
A sudden downpour at the beginning of Boca Street Parade didn’t dampen the spirits of the many parade entrants or crowd packed in along both sides of Federal Highway for the festive annual event.
An estimated 25,000 spectators still attended, according to Boca Community Events Coordinator Monika Amar. The staging area went from Camino Real to SE 5 Street, with the parade processional traveling from SE 5 Street to NE Mizner Blvd.
The 2019 Street Parade, traditionally held the first Wednesday of December, was held one week later, on Dec. 11, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
At the last minute, Mayor Scott Singer jumped onboard Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers’ float following a reported glitch with the convertible he was supposed to be riding in.
Council Members Monica Mayotte and Andrea Levine O’Rourke smiled and waved like troopers from their convertible cars.
Councilmember Andy Thomson walked streetside with a small dog, letting his family take his car.
Marching bands with their musical instruments, police and fire on emergency vehicles, pretty girls in their costumes with flat-ironed hair beginning to show curls nevertheless kept the show going.
Outside the Biergarten, people took shelter under the overhang for several minutes with dogs and children in tow, from two long rows of extra tables set up in the courtyard for parade viewing.
Madison, 8, who is 2019 South Florida Fair Princess, was pictured with Miss South Florida Fair Mariluz Cook. Madison’s mom said Madison was Miss Boca Raton’s Princess last year.
Among the many marching bands were Boynton Beach Tiger Sound band, Boca Christian Middle School Cheerleaders with its Middle and High School Band, and Monarch High Marching Band from Coconut Creek. Boy Scout Troop 333 was represented.
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadets of Delray Beach marched in formation. The Commander said the group has been in the parade the past 10 to 18 years; she and her husband have been coming over 30 years.
An impressive Praise Band played jazz on Victory Church’s float, featuring Ely on drums, David on keys, and other instrumentalists. Joseph, Mary and a live baby “Jesus” rode on another of the floats.