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Parade starts at 2 p.m. Saturday; get ready to vote for floats online
By Jen Horton
posted Dec 5, 2013 - 11:59:48am
UPDATED MONDAY, DEC. 9 — When the DeLand Jaycees Christmas Parade began to roll down Woodland Boulevard Dec. 7, alert DeLandites were quick to identify the parade marshal: Clarence "Bo" Davenport, DeLand community leader and retired public works director.
Davenport serves on the Florida Hospital-DeLand Board of Directors and the board for the Spring Hill Community Redevelopment Agency, among his current pursuits.
Who that individual is, however, the Jaycees will not announce until parade day, in line with longstanding tradition. The chosen marshal will be awakened Saturday morning and surprised with the news.
Also according to tradition, Jaycees Marshal Chairman Abie Levesque has released clues to the marshal’s identity.
Does this sound like someone you know? (Or, does this sound like you?)
This year's parade marshal:
1. Served our country
2. Carried a torch
3. Loves baseball
4. Is the deacon of a church
5. Fixed a thing or two
Levesque is among the merry elves who show up on the parade marshal's doorstep bright and early on the morning of the parade.
The team then whisks the marshal to breakfast at the Kiwanis fundraiser in Downtown DeLand, and, after the whirlwind morning, deposits the marshal, unharmed, back home, so that he or she can get ready to start the show that afternoon.
The Kiwanis Club of DeLand hosts the annual Christmas Parade Pancake Breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon, at 308 N. Woodland Blvd., across the street from Mitchell Cleaners and Ace Hardware.
The all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast costs $5 for adults and $3 for children. All of the money raised at the breakfast goes to the scholarship funds to help graduating seniors at DeLand High School, University High School and Taylor High School.
The 65th Annual DeLand Jaycees Christmas Parade will close Woodland Boulevard Saturday. Entries will line up on North Woodland Boulevard in the area of the Stetson University campus, and the parade will roll south to Hubbard Avenue, beginning at 2 p.m.
Parade spectators will choose the winning floats and other entries, by voting online. Voting will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, on The Beacon website, www.beacononlinenews.com, and will continue through 5 p.m. Monday.
Voters will be able to choose their favorite parade entries in each of six categories.
This year's parade theme is Christmas ... Florida Style!
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