A weekend of parades: Deck the streets and harbors

boat parade

Capt. Matt Wheeler and the crew aboard the party boat Swoop II won the award for charter/commercial boat 31-feet and over division in the 26th annual Holiday on the Harbor Destin Lighted Boat Parade

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM.

Jingle bells were heard throughout town Dec. 8 as the yuletide spirit filled the hearts of parade-goers when the 27th annual Destin Christmas Parade rolled down U.S. 98.

“Great weather, adorable children, wonderful decorations and teamwork,” were the words used to describe the parade by Lisa Firth of the Destin Community Center and parade committee.

The theme of this year’s parade was Christmas Past, Present and Future.

There were 86 entrees in the parade — everyone from Legendary Marine to AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar, and Destin Methodist Church to the South Walton High School Band took part in the festive holiday fun.

Lining the streets, eager children and adults alike caught candy, beads, stuffed animals and even coupons from passing parade floats.

Four-year-old Sarah was particularly happy when she caught a small stuffed dog wearing a Santa hat.

Despite the fact that it was close to 70 degrees during the parade, and the closest to a white Christmas Destin got was the sand on the beautiful beaches, there wasn't a Scrooge in sight during the parade.

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