Palatka FL Homepage
Search

Parade starts Palatka’s holiday season

Pal_1162023_parade-1

The Palatka Christmas Parade starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24

The phone in the Deputy’s Attic Antique store on St. Johns Avenue in Palatka rang constantly on Friday. The shop’s proprietor, long-time St. Johns merchant Sam Deputy, went back and forth between helping his customers and answering questions on the phone about one topic — the Palatka Christmas Parade. 

The annual Palatka tradition, which Deputy is working tirelessly to organize, is scheduled 7 p.m. on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday. Nov. 24, and will travel from the City’s riverfront west on St. Johns Avenue. 

Started in 1909, the parade has been the official annual start of the holiday season 113 times, skipping only world wars and pandemics. 

“This will be the 114th time the people of Palatka will come together on the day after Thanksgiving to celebrate the holiday season,” said Deputy between phone calls last week in his store. “It’s a homecoming. Grown children and their families who have come home for Thanksgiving come and see people they haven’t seen in years. Young families come with their small ones. It is a parade but is always also a holiday event. And that is what this season is also about, being with friends and family.”

Sam Deputy’s 93-year-old mother, Jean, who was in the store with her son last week, has fond memories of bringing all seven of her children to the parade.

“We all always came to town for the parade. For all my children, seeing Santa was the start of the Christmas season,” she said. “Now I am here with their children, my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This is part of what makes Palatka so special.” 

The parade, sponsored by Downtown Palatka Inc., a merchant group of downtown businesses, is sponsoring the parade with the help of local donations.

“This going to be a traditional Palatka Christmas parade, full of local people, organizations and bands.” said Deputy, “We might even have three wise goats.” 

The parade starts at 7 p.m. and travels west from the City’s Riverfront. Deputy urges people to come early and bring their own chairs if they want to have a seat.

“We will have thousands here on Friday. This is a Palatka tradition that goes back for more than a century. We want people to come and start the season with their friends, family and neighbors.” said Deputy. 

  1. Palatka FL Homepage

Contact Us

  1. City of Palatka
    201 N 2nd Street
    Palatka, FL 32177
    Phone: 386-329-0100
    Fax: 386-329-0106
  1. Notices:

    Public Records Custodian Information per Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, the office of the City Clerk serves as the custodian of public records for the City of Palatka, where official records are routinely generated, transmitted, received, and maintained. The following information provides details about the location and contact information for record requests:  Address: 201 N. 2nd Street, Palatka, FL 32177 Phone: (386)329-0100 Email the City Attorney at legal@Palatka-fl.gov . For inquiries related to Police Department Records, please contact: Palatka Police Department, 110 N. 11th Street, Palatka, FL 32177 (386)  329-0115  or records@palatka-fl.gov

    Florida Public Records - Email Address Disclosure. Please be aware that, Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records.  If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity.  Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

    City of Palatka Fair Housing Advocate. The City of Palatka is committed to fair housing practices. If you believe you have experienced discrimination, you have the option to file a housing discrimination complaint using the following contact information: Toll-Free: (800) 669-9777 TTY: (800) 927-9275 Local Contact: City Manager - (386) 329-0100

    City of Palatka Equal Employment Opportunity Advocate. The City of Palatka promotes equal employment opportunities and discourages discrimination. If you have questions or concerns about equal employment opportunities or suspect discrimination, please reach out to the City's Human Resource Department at hr@palatka-fl.gov Phone:(386) 329-0100

    City of Palatka Section 504/ADA Compliance Advocate

    The City of Palatka is committed to compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you believe you have encountered discrimination in this regard, please contact the City's Human Resource Department by email hr@palatka-fl.gov Phone: (386) 329-0100

Government Websites by CivicPlus®
Arrow Left Arrow Right
Slideshow Left Arrow Slideshow Right Arrow