Easter 2014 in St. Augustine: Who Doesn’t Love a Parade?

easter 2014 in St. Augustine, FloridaHere’s a breakdown of some of the “hop”pennings around town this weekend.

Easter Parade. I could write a sonnet, about my Easter bonnet…but for now, I’ll just write about the Easter parade that takes place on Sunday, April 20, from 3:00 til 4:00 pm.

The route starts at the Mission of Nombre de Dios, comes down San Marco, turns on Cathedral Place, then follows Cordova Street, ending at the parking garage. Even if you don’t want to attend the parade, you should be aware of it, because it’s going to close down traffic for a couple of hours in the afternoon.

Our suggestion to avoid the traffic: stay at the Bayfront Marin House, park your car, and walk to the parade route (we like to stand on the seawall in front of the fort for a great view).

Sunrise Service on Vilano Beach. Of course, all the beautiful churches in town have Easter services, so if you have a favorite place of worship, we don’t want to talk you out of it. But if you don’t have a home church in St. Augustine, consider hitting the sand on Easter Sunday; the service begins at 6:45am. Bring a blanket, and water, and prepare for a very moving service.

Trolley Changes. Because of the Easter parade, the Green Trolley has a slightly different schedule. The last tour will depart at 1:00, the last beach bus departs from Stop #16 at 1:30, the last tour of the Old Jail and Oldest Store Museum will start at 3, and Gator Bob’s and the St. Augustine History Museum will close at 3.