Christmas on parade in Destin this weekend

28th Annual Destin Christmas Parade

28th Annual Destin Christmas Parade; Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. at Harbor Boulveard, from Main Street to Stahlman Avenue

Published: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 02:41 PM.

The city's holiday festivities hit the highway and harbor this weekend with the 28th Annual Destin Christmas Parade and the 27th Annual Holiday on the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade.

The celebrations begin Saturday with the Destin Christmas Parade. More than 80 civic clubs, churches, local businesses and even The Log will show off their floats for crowds of people, starting at the Downtown Destin Shopping Center and proceeding down Harbor Boulevard.

Kids and adults should bring a bag, as many participants will be tossing out candy and other goodies to the spectators.

City public information manager Doug Rainer said the parade has proceeded in light rain before, but in case of stormy weather, the parade will not be rescheduled.

"There is no rain date, so it's either all or nothing," Rainer told The Log of the Saturday forecast, which as of Tuesday afternoon was calling for an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms.

Sunday, the festivities continue on the harbor with the Lighted Boat Parade. The parade starts at 6 p.m., but organizers encourage people to arrive on the harbor early to get a good spot to view the boats.

Kathy Marler Blue is the associate director of the Destin Fishing Museum, which organizes the parade. She said the list of registered participants is still growing.

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