EVENT SPOTLIGHT: Health First Palm Bay Hospital Holiday Light Parade Set for Dec. 1

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Parade route will leave Eastern Florida, turn north on San Filippo and then go west on Malabar Road

The Health First Palm Bay Hospital Holiday Light Parade, presented by the City of Palm Bay, is scheduled for Saturday December 1 at 6:30 pm. This year’s theme is “Holidays in Paradise”. (City of Palm Bay image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – The Health First Palm Bay Hospital Holiday Light Parade, presented by the City of Palm Bay, is scheduled for Saturday, December 1 at 6:30 pm. This year’s theme is “Holidays in Paradise.”

Thousands of spectators will line the 2.5-mile parade route which will leave the Palm Bay Campus of Eastern Florida State College and turn north on to San Filippo Drive and then turn west on to Malabar Road.

The parade will end in front of City Hall at Minton Road. Brevard County’s premier holiday parade will feature over 80 entries, delighting the crowd and ushering in the holiday season.

As was the case last year, beginning at 5 p.m., Malabar Road will be completely closed, in both directions, from San Filippo Drive to Minton, and Minton Road will be closed between Malabar and Jupiter Boulevard.

The estimated time of the parade ending is 9:30 p.m. The roads will re-open as soon as barriers and pedestrians are cleared from the roadway.

All traffic exiting Interstate 95, both Southbound and Northbound, will be directed East on Malabar Road. Motorists are asked to use Palm Bay Road or Babcock Street as an alternate route during the parade.

The advantage of the new traffic pattern this is that Malabar Road will shut down later and re-open sooner. There will also be additional safe viewing areas for the public in the median of Malabar Road.

“This is an event we look forward to all year long,” said Andy Dimmig, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department.

“It’s awesome to see so many families come out and enjoy the parade each year. We have organizations that participate year after year, making it part of their holiday tradition. We are encouraging participants to show us how they celebrate the holidays here in Florida!”

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