Attention elves: Santa wants you.
St. Nick is looking for hundreds of little children–– ages 6 months to 12 –– to help him bring in the holiday spirit to downtown South Miami Sunday afternoon. Kids should don their best elfin gear — pointy ears, pointy hats, jingle bells and tights.
Santa’s Elves Parade, held the first week of December, has become a beloved tradition in South Miami.
Although the elves are stars of the show, the parade often features cheerleaders, beauty queens, clowns and fantastical characters such as mermaids and dancing bears.
This year, expect a convertible bearing a giraffe and a rhinoceros from Zoo Miami— or at least people dressed like those animals — and the University of Miami marching band.
The parade of holiday floats and marchers will leave from City Hall, 6130 Sunset Drive, and head eastbound on 72nd Street –– across U.S. 1 –– and turn south onto Red Road down to 74th Street.
“We are expecting hundreds of people for a beautiful day of fun,” said South Miami’s special events coordinator Maria Stout-Tate. “Every one is welcome.”
The parade begins at 2 p.m. and ends about 3 p.m. The elves should arrive with their parents in holiday gear between 1 and 1:30 p.m. for their marching orders. For information about participating in the parade, call Stout-Tate at 305-668-7337 or e-mail MStoutTate@southmiamifl.gov.