Join us as we are “Living it Up in the City” for the 49th Annual Springtime Tallahassee Grand Parade on April 1st at 10:30 am
Come see over 100 colorful units and floats, marching bands, dance groups, Springtime Krewe floats and much more. The parade steps off on Monroe Street just south of the intersection of Monroe Street and Brevard Street and travels south on Monroe past the Florida Capitol ending at Madison Street. The first Springtime parade featured many costumes and only horse drawn units.
Today, the parade still includes horse-drawn carriages to provide a bit of nostalgia; however, it also boosts elaborately clad characters and spectacular mechanical floats from all over the southeastern United States. Springtime Tallahassee is considered one of the biggest southeastern parades and craft shows, attracting over 70,000 spectators.
Meet the Grand Marshal
A Grand Marshal is a person honored as the ceremonial master of a parade or special event. Each year, Springtime Tallahassee puts a great deal of thought and consideration into the Master of Ceremonies to kick-off the Grand Parade. Past Springtime Grand Marshal’s have included local & state leaders, long-time media personalities, college football coaches, the founder of a very popular chain restaurant and even a Tallahassee native who has made it big in Hollywood.
We are pleased to announce our 2017 Grand Marshal is Florida State University President John Thrasher. John is a proud alum of Florida State University, where he earned both his business and law degrees.
His distinguished career includes serving as U.S. Army officer, businessman, lobbyist, lawyer and state legislator. He served as Speaker of the House in 1998 and was later elected to the Florida Senate.
Thrasher was a key supporter of legislation that brought funding to establish FSU’s College of Medicine, and a building at the college is named in his honor. He is an inductee of the FSU College of Business Hall of Fame and serves on multiple boards including the Florida Council of 100 and College Football Playoff Board of Managers.
In his two years as president, Thrasher has been a bold champion for Florida State – elevating its reputation as a preeminent research institution, achieving significant progress in becoming a Top 25 public university, and closing in on a fundraising goal of one-billion dollars.
A passionate public servant, Thrasher and his wife, Jean support countless philanthropic causes, from FSU’s student-led Dance Marathon and Relay for Life, to the local Urban League, United Way and veterans initiatives. In 2015, the Tallahassee Democrat named Thrasher Person of the Year.