Downtown McMinnville was filled with cheer Saturday as the annual Christmas parade made its way through the town. Many of the 82 parade entries focused on utilizing the Disney Christmas theme chosen by organizers. Parade watchers were awed by everything from Disney princesses to happy animals from the “Jungle Book” movie.
Kendra Foust, McMinnville Parks and Recreation program coordinator said, “A group of 'Star Wars' characters, including the parade grand marshal stormtroopers amazed the crowd of fans. Other 'Star Wars' friends attending were a sand person, Jawa, Jango Fett and a Jedi. They were all amazing.”
Hercules riding a Pegasus, along with Captain Hook and Peter Pan were crowd favorites. Not one, but two “Up” houses with soaring balloons were also on the parade route.
“We feel the parade went very well, and we are pleased and very appreciative of everyone involved,” said Foust.
She also pointed out this was the first year for the Parks and Recreation Department to be in charge of the parade, and was happy with how everyone worked together to make it a success.
“We had a really fun time, and are already looking forward to next year’s parade, and thinking about themes and other details,” said Foust.
Bridges of Hope Fellowship’s “Jungle Book” entry won the People’s Choice Award, garnering them a $200 cash prize. Other winners include:
Best Band – Warren County High School
Church/Civic Group/Community Organization – Cub Scout Pack 423, first; Girl Scout Troop 1125, second
Small Club/Non Profit - Young Men United, first; Bobby Ray Cub Scout Pack 888, second
Businesses – Huff and Puff Trucking, first; Citizens Tri-County Bank, second; Ben Lomand Connect, third
Horse/Rider Club – Pretty Painted Ponies, first; Warren county Saddle Club, second
Antique Car/Truck- Kenneth and Gilda Cantrell, first; McMinnville Jaycees, second
Most Unusual Vehicle – Allen Dodd, first; Cody Qualls, second