Saltalamacchia To Lead Holiday Parade In Wellington

The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Wellington are excited to announce that Jarrod “Salty” Saltalamacchia (shown above), catcher for the World Champion Boston Red Sox, will be the grand marshal of this year’s holiday parade in Wellington.

Saltalamacchia is an alumnus of Royal Palm Beach High School. Accompanied by his wife, Ashley, and their three daughters, he will help welcome in the holiday season at the parade, set for Sunday, Dec. 8.

“His participation in the parade is typical of Jarrod’s dedication to making contributions to his community,” said Tom Wenham of the Wellington Preservation Coalition, parade presenting co-sponsor along with the Schumacher Family of Dealerships.

This year’s Parade — “An Old Fashioned Holiday: Celebrating 30 Years” — will feature an array of creative floats, local high school marching bands, talented dance troupes, costumed characters, equestrian entries and all that makes the parade attract more than 10,000 spectators along the Forest Hill Blvd. parade route.

The chamber is proud to have Dennis Witkowski chairing the parade once again in its 30th year.

The new kickoff time for the parade is 2:30 p.m., with the Holiday Mile Run/Walk preceding the parade at 2:15 p.m. Forest Hill Blvd. will be closed to traffic from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The Holiday Fun Park, located at the Wellington Amphitheater, will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. and will feature local school concerts, bounce houses, exhibit booths, food and much more. Santa will be receiving Christmas lists, and the annual tree lighting ceremony will take place at the amphitheater following the parade.

Parade and Holiday Mile entries are still being accepted. Applications are available at

For more information, call (561) 790-6200.