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Christmas parade gets Grinchy upgrade
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The Pioneer Pride Marching Band was led by Morrison eighth-grader Arick Murphy dressed as the Grinch.

The Grinch himself couldn’t help but feel the holiday spirit in the city of McMinnville during the Christmas Parade on Saturday. Even the weather was perfect – sunny and mid-50s, which drew a large crowd.

“The parade went really well and ran smoothly,” said McMinnville Parks and Recreation program coordinator Kyle Clyde. “I feel like all the floats stepped up their game because we had some great entries this year and different representations of the Grinch.”

Downtown streets were lined with children and residents ready to see all of the Grinch-themed entries with popular characters from Whoville, performances by high school students and a special appearance from the big man himself – Santa Claus. There were 82 parade entries in all.

Warren County High School senior Gabby Scott, who plays the snare drum, marched with the Pioneer Pride Band from West Elementary to the Farmers Market.

“It was my last one and I’m really going to miss it,” said Scott, who has marched in the Christmas Parade all four years of her high school career. “We performed ‘You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch’ and our color guard had Grinch flags so it was really fun.”

Lucy George, 5, and her sister, Daisy, 4, were decked out in matching gingerbread cookie dresses with festive headbands. Both said they loved the parade and seeing the Grinch. 

“They have been almost every year. Even when we didn’t live here, we came home to the parade,” said their mother, Brittany George. “Their favorite part this year was watching the parade with their new friend, baby Scarlett.”

Taking the prestigious People’s Choice Award and $200 was Community Interact of Warren County, a middle and high school student organization. Club organizer Michelle Jones says the money will go to a good cause.

“We do so many service projects so it will help in some way,” said Jones. “It was a fun theme and the students worked on it for three weeks painting, designing shirts and constructing the Whoville houses.”

An award ceremony to recognize all winners will be held Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Chamber.