Published On: Tue, Dec 4th, 2018

2018 Holiday Parade in Boca Raton – Plan Ahead for Maximum Enjoyment of the Event

By: Robert S Weinroth

Get in the holiday spirit by joining the City of Boca Raton at the 48th Holiday Street Parade themed “Sights and Sounds of Broadway” on Wednesday December 5th (between 7:30 and 9:30PM).

Road closures will begin at 5pm. Federal Highway will be CLOSED to vehicular traffic from Glades Road going south to Camino Real starting at 5:30PM to approximately 11PM.

The 48th Holiday Street Parade featuring over 70 floats begins at Federal Hwy and SE 5th St, traveling north to Mizner Park Amphitheater.

The Parade will go on rain or shine. The staging area for the parade is from Camino Real to SE 5th St on Federal Hwy in both the northbound and southbound lanes.

If you are NOT participating in the parade, please avoid this area.

Food vendors will be in front of the Historical Society and Museum (71 N Federal Hwy).

Restrooms will be located at Federal Hwy and 6th St adjacent to the viewing stands at Sanborn Square (72 N Federal Hey).

City staff will be dressed in red “EVENT STAFF” shirts to provide assistance throughout the parade.

FREE parking will be available at City Hall (201 W Palmetto Park Rd); Building Administration (200 NW 2nd Ave); the Downtown Public Library (400 NW 2nd Ave); and the “Wildflower” Park (551 E Palmetto Park Rd) or hop on the Round the Town electric vehicle and have them pick you up at a designated area. Call or text 561.303.9173 for pick-up.

Bike racks are available in front of City Hall for those arriving on bicycles. Please wear reflective clothing and add reflective material to your bike for safety.

For those walking to and from the parade, look and listen before crossing any train tracks. REMEMBER – Briteline shares the FEC tracks with the freight trains and they move quicker and within the “quiet zone” a horn cannot be expected to warn you of a train’s approach.

If you and an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid, you can charge while you watch – electric car charging stations are available at City Hall and the Library.

Plan ahead – Whether you are utilizing a shared ride program or driving your car to the parade, expect heavy congestion due to closed streets and spectators trying to find a vantage point. Leave early and plan to arrive to the event safe and on time.

Safety Reminder:

It takes seconds for someone to break into your vehicle. – Lock your car and take all personal items with you. Never leave your keys or “fob” in your vehicle.

Downtown will be crowded with spectators and holiday revelers – plan ahead – establish a meeting place in case your party gets separated.

Stay in the know – Sign up for NIXLE for road closures, train crossing reminders and emergencies.

Enjoy the parade, our downtown restaurants and retailers as well as the holiday decorations and tree in Mizner Park.

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. As a newly elected County Commissioner, Weinroth has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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