Annual Christmas Jeep Parade OFFICIAL

Schedule

Sat Dec 03 2022 at 06:00 pm

Location

De Soto Square Mall | De Soto, GA

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Come help us spread some holiday cheer and kick off the Christmas season with our annual BJC/SJC Christmas Parade!
Be sure to deck out your Jeep with your favorite lights and decorations- the more the merrier! But even a battery powered string of lights on the dash will work too!
We'll meet on the northwest side of the old JC Penney store at Desoto Square Mall in Bradenton starting at 6:00 pm. Our convoy will pull out at 7:00 pm. Our route includes Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, St Armands Circle and Siesta Key. The parade route is posted below and includes several pullover points to allow folks to join us or catch up if they get stuck at a traffic light and allow regular traffic to pass.
BE SURE TO SPREAD THE WORD so others in the area can catch us along the parade route and maybe get some good photos and video this year! Looking forward to seeing everyone there! Can't wait!
Rules
1 NO drinking allowed until after parade has ended
2 NO promotional signage allowed
3 Must have some kind of lit Christmas lights displayed
4 Pay close attention at all times to Jeep in front and back of you
5 Safely keep a tight formation (2 Jeep lengths) to get as many through traffic lights together as possible
6 Keep order of formation throughout parade. Do not pass the Jeep in front of you unless asked to do so
7 This parade is for Jeeps only
Event Timeline:
6:00 pm: Meet at DeSoto Square Mall in Bradenton. Jeeps will be directed where to line up upon arrival.
7:00 pm: Begin parade
9:30 pm: After parade ends, meet at any restaurant/bar in Siesta Key Village We'll be at Daquiri Deck and the others nearby. Park wherever you legally can!
Parade Route
1. Turn right onto 9th St W
2. Turn left onto 301 Blvd W/9th St W
3. Turn left onto Manatee Ave W
4. Pull Over/Stop #1: Palma Sola Causeway Park (when we leave, follow the Jeep in front of you! We'll have someone at the back of the convoy who pulls out first to block traffic for us while we get back on the road together)
5. Continue west on Manatee Ave W
6. Turn right onto Gulf Dr
7. Turn right onto Pine Ave
8. Turn left at AMI City Pier onto N Bay Blvd
9. Turn left on N Shore Dr
10. Turn right onto Pine Ave
11. Turn left onto Gulf Dr
12. Turn right (at Walgreens) onto E Bay Dr/Gulf Dr
13. Continue straight through the traffic circle on Gulf Dr/Gulf of Mexico Dr
14. Pull Over/Stop #2: Coquina Beach (when we leave, follow the Jeep in front of you! We'll have someone at the back of the convoy who pulls out first to block traffic for us while we get back on the road together) NOTE: There are bathrooms at this stop near the Main Entrance Cafe but you'll need to make it super quick!
15. Continue on Gulf Dr S/Gulf of Mexico Dr through Longboat Key
16. Enter St Armands Cir (do NOT go around the circle a second time)
17. Exit the traffic circle onto John Ringling Blvd then get and stay in the far right lane ONLY. Note: We have to go through here single file.
18. Turn right onto Bayfront Dr (stay in right lane only)
19. Turn right onto S Osprey Ave
20. Turn right onto Siesta Dr/Higel Ave (someone from the front of the convoy will block for us at this intersection so be sure to get through quickly and safely)
21. Continue straight through traffic light
22. Turn right on Ocean Blvd/Beach Rd
23. Pull Over/Stop #3: The front Jeeps will pull over at Sandy Hook to enable those caught at lights to catch up and will pull out onto road in front as rest of Jeeps approach then continue straight through Siesta Key Village to Siesta Key Beach Parking Lot <end parade="" route="">
24. Turn around in the Siesta Key Beach parking lot and head back to Siesta Key Village to meet at the Daquiri Deck and other restaurants there. Park wherever you legally can! Maybe park some Jeeps at beach parking lot and carpool or walk to village, its a hike but a pleasant one!
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Where is it happening?

De Soto Square Mall, De Soto, United States

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