By Cristi McKee | Photo: Springtime Tallahassee
Updated March 16, 2020, 4:51 p.m.: Springtime Tallahassee and all of its events are canceled amid Corona Virus concerns.
This year’s Springtime Tallahassee events are quickly approaching! Celebrating its 52nd year, Springtime Tallahassee will kick off on Friday, March 27, 2020, and carry through Saturday, March 28, 2020, with the annual Springtime Jubilee in the Park and Springtime Tallahassee Grand Parade. Here is an overview of this year’s 2-day long event.
On Friday, the 2020 Springtime Tallahassee Music Festival will be held at 6:00 p.m in Kleman Plaza. The event will feature country stars Rodney Atkins and Jimmie Allen, and Chandler, an FSU student musician. Sponsored by The Moon Nightclub and The First Bank, the concert is free and open to all, and plenty of food vendors will be on site. In the case of inclement weather, a facility for the concert to take place in will be announced.
On Saturday, the annual Springtime Jubilee in the Park will take place from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. so attendees can enjoy it before and after the Grand Parade. The Jubilee features over 200 vendors who are selling their arts & crafts, clothing, food, and more. Two entertainment stages featuring local talent will be on site, one at the Jubilee Music Stage (at Jefferson Street & Adams Street), and one at McCarty Park (on the corner of Adams Street and Park Avenue). A playground for the kids will also be on site at E. Peck Greene Park (at the block of Duval Street and Park Avenue). A food court, located on Adams Street, will be offering grilled cheese, kettle corn, and more. For this event, too, a facility has been secured in case of inclement weather.
Later that morning, the acclaimed Grand Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Featuring over 100 participants, including local dance groups and marching bands, horse-drawn carriages, and mechanical floats, among others. The parade begins at Monroe Street, south of the intersection of Monroe Street and Brevard Street, then continues south on Monroe past the Florida Capitol, finally ending on Madison Street. This year’s Grand Marshal of the parade is Mike Martin Sr.