The 31st Annual Parade of the Elves will be held at 2pm on Sunday December 8th in the town center of South Miami. First National Bank of South Miami (FNBSM) is the presenting sponsor with the finale float carrying Santa and Mrs Claus. Bringing Santa to town has been a proud tradition of the bank since 1982. This is a great event for children and adults alike to celebrate the Holiday Season. Veronica Birch Flores of the bank is the chairman of the committee again this year. The committee is made of several business leaders in the South Miami area; they have been working for months on the parade preparations and planning, alongside city staff.
We are very excited to have Ron Magill from Zoo Miami as the parade Grand Marshal and for the first time in many years we will feature an emcee that is Pam Giganti from NBC 6 Miami anchor.
Mrs. Flores reports, “We have over 1,000 registered participants so far for this year’s parade. We have more than 100 Girl Scouts and Brownies in adorable costumes, along with Cub Scouts, Dance Schools, Martial Arts Schools, Sunset Place, and so much more. We have the crowd favorites such as the Mahi Shriners and three horse riding clubs with dozen of horses dancing and prancing along the parade route, along with bands, featuring high schools and the wonderful Scottish Bag Pipe band. Joining them for the parade are the hometown favorite Grey Ghosts Football team and Cheerleaders.” There is something for everyone! We are expecting dozens of floats and. we have the Corvette Club, which will lead the parade carrying the city elected officials, the Mini Cooper Club, and the VW Club.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will ride in the FNBSM float with dozens of elves, a holiday tradition the bank family has enjoyed for 30 years.
“For months, the committee has worked tirelessly to secure participants, plan logistics and ensure safety. The workload of the committee is lightened by the many hands in the community that come together to assist city staff, such as First National Bank of South Miami, South Miami Hospital, Chamber South, Footworks, Sunset Quickprint and SoMi Magazine. Seeing the children’s faces light up with pure delight as they feel the magic of Christmas makes it all worthwhile!” said Ms. Flores. “This parade is a beloved holiday tradition each year; it’s a wonderful way for children and their families to celebrate the season. It also showcases many talented members in our community, as well as our beautiful downtown South Miami. The Parade epitomizes what makes South Miami so special – family, tradition, relationships and community.”