Easter in St. Augustine

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Updated on January 29, 2020.

Each year, wonderful Easter events that happen in St. Augustine. In fact, Easter weekend in St. Augustine is filled with sunrise services, Easter egg hunts, Sunday brunch and holiday events such as the St. Augustine Easter Parade and Easter Promenade. So whether you are sticking around for the entire weekend or just an hour or two, be sure to join us on this Easter fun!

Note: The events below are in time order.

Blessing of the Fleet

Date: April 5, 2020
Time: (After Palm Sunday Mass) 12 pm to 2 pm
Location: Begins at the Plaza de la Constitución, ends at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina

About: Each year, the Blessing of the Fleet takes place on Palm Sunday, where the gracious Bishop of Diocese of St. Augustine gives a special blessing to a fleet of vessels. The event immediately begins after Palm Sunday Mass in the Plaza de la Constitución. Soon there after, a procession from the Plaza to the St. Augustine Municipal Marina is led by the religious leaders of the Cathedral Basilica, the Knights of Columbus as well as the appointed St. Augustine Royal Family. Once at the Marina, the Bishop then blesses each vessel with a sprinkling of holy water for good luck.

Fun Fact: The tradition of the Blessing of the Fleet began centuries ago in a Mediterranean fishing community. The blessing of your boat from a local priest or pastor was meant to ensure a safe and bountiful fishing season.

Easter Egg Hunts

DATES FOR THE 2020 EASTER EGG HUNTS ARE TBA. ONCE DETAILS ARE RELEASED, THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED.

St. Johns County Easter Egg Hunts

Each year, the St. Johns County Park and Recreation hosts four Easter egg hunts for St. Johns County children ages eight and younger. Also in attendance to these special hunts is the one and only Easter Bunny who is available for pictures starting at 10:30 am and then again after each hunt.

2020 dates TBA, begins at 10:30 am:

2020 dates TBA, begins at 10:30 am:

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt

St. Johns County and the First Coast YMCA are partnering to host a free underwater Easter egg hunt for children 5 to 12 years old. Children are invited to jump in the pool and gather eggs from the water. Afterwards, eggs can be traded in for prizes at the Bunny Store. Bathing suits, towels, and buckets are need to participate in this event. Please RSVP to mcasson@fcymca.org or 904-704-4644.

2020 dates TBA, begins at 6:30 pm:

Don’t forget to bring your Easter egg basket when you attend an Easter egg hunt!

Easter Sunrise Services

Crescent Beach Baptist Church – Open to the Public

Hosted by Turning Point of Calvary – Open to the Public

large cross and people on the beach watching sunrise on Easter Sunday

Bring chairs, blankets, or towels to sit on as these services are on the beach.

St. Augustine Easter Parade

Date: April 11, 2020
Time: Begins at 9 am
Location: Historic District
About: The St. Augustine Easter Parade is the most-anticipated event of Easter weekend in St. Augustine. Known as the Parade de los Caballos y Coches (Parades of Horses and Carriages), it features clowns, marching bands, community floats, the chosen St. Augustine Royal Family, the Easter Bunny, drill teams, and carriage horses. Since it was first commenced in 1956, the parade has continued to draw thousands of spectators to the city each year.

Grand Marshalls in 2019: Each year, a Grand Marshall is appointed to lead the parade. Although the names of this year’s marshals haven’t been announced, they are expected to be songwriters and musicians from St. Augustine’s Songwriters’ Festival.

Easter Promenade Royal Family

Easter Promenade

Date: April 11, 2020
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: Plaza de la Constitucion
About: If you plan to attend the St. Augustine Easter Parade, you should also stick around afterward for the annual Easter Promenade. Each year, locals and visitors compete for special titles by dressing in their Sunday best and accessorizing with bonnets, top hats, gloves, and jewelry. Participants are then judged and crowned during the Promenade. Categories include: Best Dressed Little Boy, Best Dressed Little Girl, Best Dressed Mother and Daughter, Best Dressed Father and Son, Best Easter Hat, Best Dressed Pet, Best Dressed Family, and Farthest from Home.

Dressed in your Easter’s best and with a chair in tow, gather downtown for these special events.

Easter Brunch in St. Augustine

After a sunrise service or the Easter Parade, an Easter Brunch in St. Augustine is the perfect opportunity to enjoy time with your family and friends. For more information about brunch in St. Augustine, click here.

Whether you’re a seafood junkie or the type of person who buys two turkey legs at the fair, there is a St. Augustine brunch for you and your entire family!

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