Strike up the band! The official start of the holiday season will get underway when the 17th Annual “Miracle on 136th Street” Holiday Parade marches into The Falls on Saturday, Nov. 23. Beginning at 4 p.m., area-residents will come together to welcome Santa as he makes his first appearance in Miami, riding on his very own float.
Open free to the public, this year’s parade will feature local dignitaries, celebrities, marching bands, bagpipers, stilt walkers, junkanoo band, mariachi band, Brazilian dancers, Chinese Dragon, costumed characters, and more! Jolly old Santa will make his long-awaited first arrival of the season along with Mrs. Claus and their little helpers.
Celebrity grand marshal Stefanie Scott, from Disney Channel’s original series A.N.T. Farm, will lead the holiday parade through
The Falls. Scott also has lent her voice to the Oscar-nominated animated film Wreck-It Ralph, playing the role of Moppet Girl. She has starred in Disney’s original movie Frenemies and Beethoven’s Big Break. For more details on Scott, visit her website at www.stefaniescott.com>. “The Falls is thrilled to have Stefanie Scott be the grand marshal of this year’s Miracle on 136th Holiday Parade, said Julie Goldman, mall manager at The Falls. “This event has become a South Florida tradition that gets families in the holiday spirit. We are honored to have the opportunity to bring such a wonderful celebration to Miami that helps create holiday memories that will last a lifetime.”
Following the holiday parade, Stefanie Scott will perform on the Center Court stage at 6 p.m. singing joyous holiday music plus a single off her upcoming album. Guests will enjoy a Brazilian dance troupe after Scott’s performance. Additional entertainment throughout the event includes, Cache performing on the Bloomingdale’s stage and Two Night Stand will perform at the stage area in front of Macy’s.
Spectators are encouraged to arrive early and line both sides of the parade route before the 4 p.m. The parade route, which is located on the Boulevard in between the center and the parking lot, will start at the east end of The Falls, in front of Bloomingdale’s and traverse the entire length of the center, west to Macy’s.
Following the parade, the lights of the season will come aglow at The Falls where nearly one million lights showcase giant animal topiaries such as elephants, giraffes, peacocks, and camels, along with dolphins and a whale in the waterscape. Guests can see additional lights throughout the shopping center’s gardens and waterfalls. Santa will take up residence and be available for photos in Center Court at the Santa House.
This year’s Miracle on 136th Street benefits the South Dade YMCA Family Center. Event sponsors are AT&T and Mercedes Benz of Cutler Bay.