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Boynton Beach to kick off holiday events this weekend

The weather for Saturday in Boynton Beach is forecast to be partly sunny with a high below 80 degrees. There’s a zero percent chance of showers.

That’s good news for Boynton. Saturday is the city’s 46th Holiday Parade. And last year, it was rained out.

Tom Kaiser, a World War II veteran, will be the parade’s Grand Marshall. Kaiser is a member of the American Legion Post 164 and serves as Director of the American Legion Public Affairs, 11th District of Florida. He has helped more than 500 veterans receive medals of honor from the French government. He was also chair of the city’s Veterans Advisory Board for about a decade before the city dismantled it.

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The recreation and parks board chose Kaiser for the position in 2015. But he was unable to walk because it was cancelled. The board extended the invitation again this year.

“Being in the parade is an honor and I am thrilled,” Kaiser said in a statement.

School marching bands, costume characters, drill teams, floats, dance groups and even Santa will be on display at the parade. All together, about 30 organizations will be involved.

The parade, which starts at 11 a.m., will travel along Seacrest Boulevard from SE 12th Avenue to Ocean Avenue. This year’s location had to be changed because of the construction on Federal Highway. Attendees can park for free at the City Hall parking garage, off Boynton Beach Boulevard on Northeast First Street. Parking is also located across from the garage in the public parking lot or on swales in front of odd house numbers on the west side of Southwest First Avenue.

School bands featured include Galaxy E3 Elementary School; Congress Community Middle School; Palm Beach Lakes High School; Inlet Grove Community High School and Roosevelt Middle School.

All entries will perform in front of the viewing stage on Southeast Fourth Avenue. The city’s recreation and parks advisory board will pick winners for Most Outstanding Float, Best Performance by a Marching Band, Best Marching Unit, and Most Creative/Original.

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Saturday’s parade is just the beginning of the city’s holiday events.

Here’s what else is happening:

  • Holiday Tree Lighting and Concert: Friday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ocean Ave Amphitheatre, 129 E. Ocean Ave.
  • Holiday Boat Parade: Friday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Boynton Harbor Marina, 735 Casa Loma Blvd.
  • Music on the Rocks: Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Ocean Ave Amphitheatre, 129 E. Ocean Ave.

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