Now in its 60th year, the St. Augustine Easter Parade has been a traditional parade for the Fernandina Pirates Club to enter. This is the nation’s second oldest Easter Parade.
The Parada de los Caballos y Coches (Parade of Horses and Carriages) has commemorated the Easter holiday every year since 1956 in the nation’s oldest city. This is a real hometown parade that welcomes visitors to join in the community’s celebration of the history and culture of the nation’s oldest city.
Spectators line the streets to watch the marching bands, floats, drill teams, the Fernandina Pirates, clowns, the Royal Family, Imperial Storm Troopers, the city’s carriage horses wearing their Easter hats, and of course, the Easter Bunny. Trophies are presented to winners in four categories.
In 2019, the Easter Parade will be held on Saturday instead of Sunday, and the parade is starting much earlier in the day. Plan to see the parade the Saturday before Easter, April 20, 2019, and it begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Old Jail Museum and heads south on San Marco Avenue, along the bayfront on Avenida Menendez, finishing at the Plaza de la Constitución.
The St. Augustine Royal Family will lead the parade followed by their entourage, bands, locally-made parade floats, pirates, festival representatives along with the Easter Bunny to round out the parade.
This year’s grand marshals are songwriters/musicians from the St. Augustine Songwriters Festival, a popular local musical festival that takes place later in the year.
Parking is available at the downtown parking facility right next to Francis Field. On Saturday, April 20, 2019, a free Park & Ride Shuttle will be provided from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The shuttle service picks up from two parking locations: the St. Johns County Health Department (200 San Sebastian View), and the North San Marco Lot (301 San Marco Avenue). The shuttle will drop off at the Historic Downtown Parking Facility, which is located next to Francis Field.