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Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Villages’ Italian, German parades to consolidate into single ‘Heritage Parade’

The Italian and German parades which have taken place in October for the past five years in Spanish Springs Town Square will be consolidated into a single “Heritage Parade.”

Applications for the event, set for the afternoon of Oct. 16, are available at this link.

Heritage Parade Application

The deadline for applications to be a part of the parade is Sept. 14.

Jackie Campbell of the Resident Parade Committee rides in a golf cart in 2016.
Bea Rowe of the Claddagh Irish American Club shows off her volunteer shirt in 2013. All parade volunteers have been distinguished by the red shirts.

Parades in The Villages  previously were put on by The Villages Entertainment Department, which announced in 2012 that parades would be discontinued. That set off a furor among Villages groups that enjoyed taking part in the parades. Villagers appealed to the Amenity Authority Committee and a deal was struck to stage an Irish parade in March and the Italian and German parades in October in Spanish Springs.

The Resident Parade Committee was formed and the parades became an all-volunteer event.

A spokesman for the Resident Parade Committee said details for the new Heritage Parade are still in the works but said the committee is hopeful the residents will respond favorably.

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