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Citrus County Chamber celebrates Christmas with Parades on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on November 24, 2019

Citrus County Chamber celebrates Christmas with
Parades on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14

Crystal River Christmas Parade, with Grand Marshal Jim Kimbrough

Presented by Drummond Community Bank
Presenting Media Sponsor: The Citrus County Chronicle
Featured Sponsor: Citrus Sports & Apparel
Friends of the Parade: Remax Realty One

Saturday, Dec 7, parade starts at 6 pm

Be entranced by an evening of sparkling lights and music as the floats glide down US 19.  Come early and do some Christmas shopping with area merchants and then enjoy a pre-parade dinner at a lovely restaurant.

Congratulations to parade Grand Marshal Jim Kimbrough! A graduate of the University of Florida and President of the Gator Boosters, Jim has a long history of community involvement and advocacy. He is considered the father of the Suncoast Parkway and has been an advocate for it and several other transportation projects since 1988. Jim was also a Pasco-Hernando Community College founding Board Member, served as the Vice-Chair of T.A.B.A.R.T.A, served on the Florida Transportation Commission, and sat on the S.W.F.T.M.D. Governing Board. Jim has been appointed to various other boards and commissions by 5 Florida Governors, and recently retired as Vice-Chair of the Tampa Bay Region of SunTrust Bank after 50 years of service.

Parade route: South on US Hwy 19 from Citrus Ave. in downtown Crystal River to Paradise Point (one block north of Fort Island Trail.  Note that only the southbound side of US 19 is closed for the parade, so be certain to set up on the west side of the roadway.

Parade Judges: Brenda Barco, Lollygaggers/TheLoft/Kane’s Cattle Co.; Lisa Benson, Crew, The Bar; Dave Perry, Hunter Springs Kayaks/JAM: Just Amuse Me!. Winning floats will be determined based on creativity, overall appearance, and interpretation of parade theme.  Categories include best in show, best religious entry, best commercial entry, best non-commercial entry, and best school associated entry. Awards will be presented at the Chamber Christmas Parade Awards Mixer December 19th at Eden Law Group/Fidelity Title in Inverness.

Inverness Christmas Parade, with Grand Marshal Frank DiGiovanni, Inverness City ManagerPresented by Accident Attorney Lora L. Wilson

Presenting Media Sponsor: The Citrus County Chronicle

Saturday, Dec 14, parade starts at noon

The Chamber’s high-noon parade travels down SR 44 from Citrus High School Bus Barn to downtown Inverness.  Come early and enjoy watching runners participate in the Jingle Bell 5K & 1 Mile Walk along the parade route beginning at 11:30. Stay after the parade for a late lunch and finish up some Christmas shopping at the many fine Inverness area merchants.

This year’s Grand Marshal is Inverness City Manager, Frank DiGiovanni. In 1978, Frank accepted a position as Assistant Director of Leisure Services for Citrus County. In 1979, the City of Inverness finalized selection of their first Park Director to develop Whispering Pines City Park. The Park became his second home where he remained for 13 years, clearing the way to develop Whispering Pines City Park into the facility it is today. In 1991, he was promoted to the position of Assistant City Manager. When the City Manager resigned in 1995, he was made interim manager. As the transition continued, the Inverness City Council removed the word “interim” and awarded him the position of City Manager.

Frank has been recognized for 45 years of local government service by the International City and County Manager’s Association, received the Outstanding Chamber of Commerce Service Award, issued the President’s Award from the Inverness Little League, and was recognized by the City of Dunnellon for his guidance and assistance to their community.

Parade Route: East on SR 44 (Gulf to Lake Hwy) from Hendrix Ave. (Pizza Hut) to Highland Blvd.  Viewing is from both sides of the roadway.

Parade Judges: Lynn Cumbie, Cumbie Jewelers; Travis Anderson, Boys and Girls Clubs of Citrus County; Sherry Bechtel, Inverness Bicycle & Fitness. Winning floats will be determined based on creativity, overall appearance, and interpretation of parade theme.  Categories include best in show, best religious entry, best commercial entry, best non-commercial entry, and best school associated entry. Awards will be presented at the Chamber Christmas Parade Awards Mixer December 19th at Eden Law Group/Fidelity Title in Inverness.

The Christmas parades are produced by the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce. 

For more information: 352-795-3149 or the Events tab on the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

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