The annual Christmas Parade down South Padre Island’s Padre Boulevard is one of many gearing up to bring local residents and visitors together to celebrate the holiday. “We’re looking forward to it,” said Dennis Stahl, SPI councilman. “It’s a wonderful event that brings the Island together.”
Lighted floats, area schools and businesses will be participating Friday night. Santa also will be on his sleigh, greeting the many people in attendance. “It’s a nice community event to be with kids, family and friends,” Stahl said.
Spectators are asked to bring their own chairs, blankets and hot chocolate, and to find a spot on Padre Boulevard to watch the parade.
The City of South Padre Island Police Department, along with other city departments of South Padre Island, will be working together to manage personnel and traffic control barrels and cones that will be placed in areas to enhance the flow of traffic.
A partial closure of Padre Boulevard will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for southbound traffic beginning at Polaris Drive with a detour to Laguna Boulevard, and for northbound traffic beginning at Venus Lane with a detour to Gulf Boulevard.
The full parade route closure for Padre Boulevard will run from 6 to 10 p.m. for southbound traffic beginning at Polaris Drive, with a detour to Laguna Boulevard, and for northbound traffic beginning at Red Snapper Street, with a detour to Gulf Boulevard.
By RAUL GARCIA Staff Writer