The Friends of the Christmas Parade is a 501-C3 non-profit organization made up of about two dozen volunteers who work year-round to provide one magical day for the residents of Marion County. Although the Parade is planned and organized by this group of volunteers it relies on the generous resources provided by the City of Ocala and Marion County.

The Parade attracts over 60,000 spectators from Ocala/Marion County and surrounding counties who line up along more than 2 miles of East Silver Springs Blvd in Ocala, Florida. Some of these spectators arrive as early as the Friday before the parade to “mark their spot” with lawn chairs, trucks, flatbed trailers or motor homes.