For 23 years Immokalee's Christmas Around The World celebration has been a mainstay of holiday festivities in Southwest Florida and the 2014 edition is set for December 13!
Sponsored and organized each year by the Christmas around the World Committee and the Collier County Parks & Recreation Department, the Annual Christmas Parade and Snow Gala is set to launch at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday right along Main Street in Immokalee.
The 2014 parade will feature a special section devoted to, "Organizations that make Collier County , Fl.....The Place to Work & Live."
The parade will be followed by a Christmas Gala at the Immokalee community swimming pool with lots of food, games, music, machine-produced snow and singers and dancers from Immokalee. The highlight of the Christmas Gala is the Grand Finale and the arrival of Santa Claus, via helicopter, courtesy of the Seminole Tribe of Immokalee. The Seminole Immokalee Casino provides free books to every child who take pictures with Santa during the evening.
The parade will again feature a float competition and will travel from the corner of Carver and First (1st) Streets directly across from the Seminole Casino(506 S. First Street) continuing on a path that leads to the Immokalee High School’s football field parking lot. The Gala will start immediately thereafter at the Immokalee Soccer Field across our Immokalee High School.
Partial proceeds from this Parade & Gala will go towards several scholarships to deserving Immokalee High School Seniors who plan to advance through higher education. The remaining funds will be used by Parks & Recreation to offset Gala Event expenditures. Parks and Recreation will be charging an entrance fee of $1.00 to all persons 36 inches and taller.
Please contact the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce for more information, (239) 657-3237 or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. As she is every year, long-time Immokalee community leader Cherryle Thomas chairs the 2014 event.