On Saturday, December 10th, the 48th Annual Brooksville Christmas Parade was held. The event is put on each year by the Brooksville Kiwanis Club. This year’s theme was a MARVELous Christmas, and participants were invited to use characters from the Marvel Comic Book Universe.
The grand marshall of the parade was John Mitten, former county commissioner, and owner of Hernando County’s only Chick-fil-A. Mr. Mitten was appointed to the county commission by both Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis.
The parade route was quite long, but that was necessary to support the number of attendees. The parade went down Oakwood Dr. to Howell Avenue, then to North Broad Street, and ended at the intersection of Broad Street and Bell Avenue. There were 113 parade entries, plus Santa Claus at the end.
Normally, The Hernando Sun covers the parade and takes photos, but this year we were in the parade! The theme of our entry was “With Christmas Magic, The Hernando Sun becomes the Daily Bugle,” complete with Peter Parker, played by Max, Parker’s boss Jonah Jameson played by Rocco Maglio, and the Spidergirls Hanna and Bea. We did get some criticism along the route when one kid yelled at us, “Hey, Spiderman isn’t a girl!” Can’t please ‘em all! For the most part, the kids were so excited to see the Spidergirls, with some even wanting hugs. Our entry wasn’t nearly as elaborate as some, but we had a whole lot of fun.
The craftsmanship of some of the entries was incredible, and we look forward to being a part of next year’s parade!