Politics
2:00 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Springtime Makes Grand Entrance In Tallahassee

Saturday morning temperatures in the low 40's gave way to an afternoon in the low 80's as 100,000 people packed downtown Tallahassee for the Springtime Tallahassee parade and festival.

 

The annual event celebrates the city's history and culture.

 

The parade features antebellum floats, belles and gents, horse drawn carriages and the obligatory high school marching bands.

 

Krewes craft floats represented five historical time periods: Spanish (1528-1821), American Territorial (1821-1845), Antebellum Statehood (1845-1861), War and Reconstruction (1861-1900), and Twentieth Century (1900-1999).

 

A couple is chosen each year to portray Andrew Jackson and his wife, Rachel. According to the festival website, “Andrew Jackson was chosen as a representative of Springtime Tallahassee because of his service to Florida as the first provisional governor in 1821. He later became the seventh President of the United States.”

 

This year's Grand Marshall of the parade was film and television actress Cheryl Hines, a Tallahassee native best known for her starring role on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

 

Vendors from around the country set up tents along downtown parks and streets, creating a nice diversion for lawmakers and state workers midway through the legislative session.

 

We spotted House Speaker Will Weatherford briskly pushing a baby stroller while trying to keep up with his wife and daughters.

 

Rep. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah, and his kids got up close and personal with marine life displayed by the Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory.

 

Click through the slideshow for a glimpse of Springtime Tallahassee.