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Date of Issue: December 10, 2008

Parade to roll Dec. 13

A big elf and a crew of privateers will parade the length of the Island with a number of other Christmas celebrants Dec. 13.

The Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade will begin at about 10 a.m. Saturday.

Staging for the parade will take place at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria City. The parade will travel the length of the Island to Coquina Beach.

The Privateers are collecting applications for floats and other units. Participation is free, but applications — which can be downloaded at or picked up at The Islander — must be filed.

Some rules apply: All floats must be staged in Anna Maria by 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13; entries must be decorated in colors and style befitting the spirit of the holiday season, units must have an ID banner or sign, entries must be peddle- or motor-powered — no walking.

After the parade, the Privateers will host a holiday party at Coquina Beach with free hot dogs and sodas for children, as well as holiday presents — handed out to kids by Santa Claus.

For more information and to sign up, call Privateer parade chair Greg “Wig” Luzier at 941-752-5973.