The Thanksgiving turkey’s barely cold, and the City of St. Petersburg is ready to start declaring the Christmas season. Which is, of course, pretty much how things work in America today.
Political correctness being what it is, the word Christmas doesn’t actually appear in the event’s official name. “Holidays in the Sunshine City” is a Parks and Recreation Department event.
Saturday (Nov. 24), along Bayshore Drive from Albert Whitted Field to the Vinoy Basin, it’s the all-new Santa Parade – in which a certain jolly, bearded fellow (not to be confused with Mayor Rick Kriseman, who’ll also be there) will greet the impending season. The parade kicks off at 5:30 p.m., and culminates with the mayor (and that other guy) lighting the “holiday tree” and the North Straub Park waterfront.
Once Black Friday has come and gone – once the madding crowds are done with pushing, shoving and fighting over big box goods at low, low prices – there’ll be Small Business Saturday.
Localshops1, the 10-year-old local-biz advocacy group, is taking full advantage of Small Business Saturday, a national movement, to remind the first rush of holiday shoppers that buying local can be a very, very good thing.
“It helps remind people that supporting local businesses helps the community, it keeps the money local, and that small businesses add character to your neighborhood,” says Localshops1 founder Ester Venouziou. “Even though it’s one day – and people shouldn’t just focus on one day and forget about them the rest of the year.”
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