HomeLocal governmentCity of Gainesville holiday festivities begin Saturday with parade, dance party, and holiday lights celebration
City of Gainesville holiday festivities begin Saturday with parade, dance party, and holiday lights celebration
November 29, 2023
Press release from City of Gainesville
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – More than 90 dance troupes, marching bands, floats, and community groups will make their way down University Avenue in the 2023 A Very GNV Holiday Parade, the City of Gainesville’s first parade in decades. Former Florida Gators Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier will appear as its grand marshal.
The parade is the first of several downtown City events this Saturday to usher in the holiday season, and City and community leaders invite all neighbors to enjoy the day’s festivities. All events are free and open to the public.
2023 A Very GNV Holiday Parade When: Noon-2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 2 Start: intersection of W. University Ave. and W. 6th St. End: 620 E. University Ave. (ACPS Admin Bldg.)
NW 6th Street between W. University Ave. and NW 8th Ave. will serve as the staging area for parade entries and will close at 7 a.m. Saturday until the final entry enters the parade route.
East University Avenue from W. 7th Street to E. 7th Street will close at 11 a.m. Saturday and reopen gradually as the final entry travels the parade route.
Buses along certain Regional Transit System (RTS) routes will experience delays Saturday. Visit the City’s RTS website for details.
#GNVholidayparade is the official hashtag of the parade. Neighbors are invited to tag the City when posting photos online, using @GainesvilleFL on Facebook; @gainesvillefla on Instagram; and @Gainesvillegov on X (formerly Twitter).
The parade will be livestreamed on the City’s Facebook page. It will be recorded for replay on Community 12TV, and available on demand after the event on GNV TV through Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices.
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