2017 city of Naples Christmas Parade
With most of us looking at Hurricane Irma from our rear view mirrors, we can now look ahead to one of Naples’ most beloved community gatherings – the City of Naples Christmas Parade. This year’s theme, “The Heart of A Naples Christmas”, is dedicated to first responders and volunteers who served our community so well during Hurricane Irma.
The Honorary Grand Marshall this year is Polly Crews, the oldest Gold Star Mother in Florida, who last year helped to launch the SWFL Gold Star Mother’s Chapter. She will serve along side of Grand Marshall, Mayor Bill Barnett.
If you cant make it to the Christmas Parade this year, you can watch it Live from the Steps of City Hall on Comcast Channel 98 or live streaming on NaplesGov.com and follow the link at Naples TV.
SWFL Veterans Alliance has sponsored the filming of the Naples Christmas Parade for the past three years with Lois Bolin serving as its Host along with a new community co-host each year. This year, Charlie McDonald, who brings a wealth of knowledge about the community and the media through his photography business, will serve as Co-Host.
Tiffany McQuaid will again be roaming the parade route to talk with viewers. Veterans will be sitting across from City Hall on bleachers reserved for them by the City. The public is invited to bring their own chairs to line the street of 8th Ave. S.- the newest hot spot on the Parade route.
Celebrity Judges, comprised of local business owners and community stewards, will be located at 6th Street and 5th Avenue South. They are David Algers, Philip Douglas, Phil Fisher, Jenny Fogen, Matthew Kragh, Matt Moen, Lili Montes, Ingrid Alelli, Dough Olson, Daniel Melvin, Barb Melvin, Jeanne Sweeney, Karol K. Davis, Kristine Downey, Tom Donahue, Betty Bailey, Jennifer Edwards, Jean Baker, and Wayne Smith.
This year, Sue Huff, owner of E. Sue Huff & Associates will serve as SWFL Veterans Alliance’s Live FB Media Maven with Karole K. Davis serving as the Twitter-Aficionado.
Prior themes and Honorary Grand Marshalls are as follows (*) Denotes filming
2009 The Magic of Christmas Past (Lavern Gaynor)
2010 An Old Naples Christmas (Doris Reynolds)
2011 The Spirit of a Naples Christmas (Peter Thomas)
2012 The Art of a Naples Christmas (Watkins Family)
2013 Christmas In Paradise (Maryls Walker)
2014 Memories of a Naples Christmas (Mary Ellen Hawkins) John Cox *
2015 Home for Christmas (Thelma Hodges) Jeanne Sweeney
2016 A Naples Family Christmas (Wynn Family) Bob Harden *
2017 The Heart of a Naples Christmas (Polly Crews) Charlie McDonald*