SAINT AUGUSTINE – The annual promenade and parade will mark Easter 2018 in St. Augustine Sunday, April 1. The yearly celebration is sponsored by the Easter Week Festival, with a royal trio selected from the area’s heritage natives presiding over the festivities.
The heritage natives portray the Spanish royalty who ruled Spain in 1672, the year construction was begun on St. Augustine’s Castillo de San Marcos. This year’s trio includes Heather Hartley Leonardy as Queen Mariana; Alyssa Rogero as Princess Margarita Maria; and Tristan Root as the young boy king, Carlos.
The promenade begins at noon at the gazebo in the Plaza de la Constitucion in downtown St. Augustine. Prizes are awarded for numerous categories ranging from prettiest hat to largest family and family the farthest from home. Registration for the promenade is just prior to the event.
At 3 p.m. it’s time to turn attention to the downtown area as the annual Easter Parade begins with. bands, floats, drill teams, clowns and much more.
The Royal Trio and Entourage ride on floats and in carriages pulled by horses modeling the latest in Easter finery. In years past, prominent ladies of the city, state and nation have provided hats for the horses, and thus the name Parada de los Caballos y Coches.
The parade led by parade marshal Miss Florida begins at the Mission of Nombre de Dios on San Marco Avenue, and makes its way down to Avenida Menendez and downtown.
At 6 p.m. Easter Day the traditional Fromajada Serenade begins in the Colonial Quarter, with the serving of the tasty cheese pastry as one highlight. Awards for the parade will be announced at the event.
Easter Festival events are free to the public.
Worshippers will have an opportunity to welcome Easter dawn 2018 at a variety of locations.
Crescent Beach service begins at 7 a.m. on the beach near the ramp just south of the intersection of SR 206 and A1A South.
Vilano Beach service begins at 7 a.m. near the access ramp at the beach end of Vilano Road. Music for meditation starts at 6:30 a.m.
Memorial Presbyterian Church, Sevilla and Valencia streets, service begins at 6 a.m. in the church garden.
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument service at 6:30 a.m. will be presented by The Marketplace Network.