Ocoee Celebrates Holiday Spirit with Christmas Parade

2013XmasParade182This year’s 2013 Parade featured bright, sunny and humid weather for this time of year. The Ocoee High School Marching Knights, the West Orange High School Warrior Marching Band, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Patrol, and finally, Santa and his sleigh, all paraded through the City.

The Parade started at 1 pm, at the intersection of Maguire Road and Enterprise Street, and wrapped through the old center of Ocoee, finishing at City Hall.

The Parade was presented by the Ocoee Lions Club in conjunction with the City of Ocoee. Lions Club members organized the event, and handled set-up on Parade day. WWII veteran and Ocoee resident Mel Jenner was the Parade Grand Marshal. Roger Freeman and Ben “Holley” Griffin served as tv hosts. Parade entrants also provided a large number of toys and donations for the Police Department’s Holiday Toys for Kids in Need program. Thanks to all the entrants and spectators.

Here are the top entries in each category, according to the Parade judges.
Ocoee Bulldogs
Liberty Lighthouse
Club Z
American Legion #109

See here for all judges’ results.

Video, courtesy of Ocoee TV and Orange TV.

Photos–Click twice on the slide show below to see larger images.

WWII Veteran Named Christmas Parade Grand Marshal

WWII Veteran - Mel Jenner_cropOcoee resident Mel Jenner has been named Grand Marshal of this year’s Ocoee Christmas Parade. Jenner served in the Army Air Corps as a B-17 Flying Fortress tail gunner on 45 missions in World War II. After twenty-six years of service, he retired from the Air Force with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He has been decorated with two Distinguished Flying Crosses, among other medals. And he recently celebrated his 91st birthday. Watch a slideshow from last year’s Honor Flight visit to Washington, D.C. Read more about Mel Jenner in this West Orange Times profile. Ocoee Mayor Scott Vandergrift and long-time Ocoee resident Roger Freeman will serve as tv hosts for the Parade.

Change in Time for Ocoee Farmers’ Market

Because of Daylight Savings Time ending, the Ocoee Friday Farmers’ Market will close an hour early. Operating hours for the next four months will be from 3 pm to 7 pm, most Fridays.

The location is outside on McKey Street.

Printable Farmers Market Vendor Application and Information

Preparations Begin for 2013 Ocoee Christmas Parade

Christmas ParadeThis year’s Ocoee Christmas Parade, presented by the Ocoee Lions Club in conjunction with the City of Ocoee, will run on Saturday December 7th, starting at 10:00 in the morning.

The Parade will start at the intersections of Maguire Road and Enterprise Street, and end at Municipal Lakefront Park at Ocoee City Hall.

Check back here or on our facebook page after the Parade for photos and video, when they become available. You’ll find news updates there too.

New: Tag photos you take on Instagram. Use the hashtags #ocoeechristmasparade, #ocoeeflchristmasparade and/or #ocoeelionsclub. If we have enough, we’ll create a gallery including your photos on our website. And follow @ocoeelionsclub on Instagram.

For those of you who plan to enter floats, marchers, walkers, etc, please see the registration forms and lineup information below. There are two options to register–either a printable registration or an online registration page.
Printable Registration Form
Online Registration Form
Parade Lineup Information

For questions, contact Cathy Sills.

And below are Parade route maps.
Printable Christmas Parade Route
Parade Route in Google Maps

View Ocoee Christmas Parade in a larger map

Successful First Event Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

0914132148acropThe Ocoee Lions Club held a successful first event Texas Hold ‘Em Charity Tournament on the weekend. 334 pairs of eyeglasses were donated from participants, in addition to monies raised. A healthy number of players present were served bbq pork and chicken, and drinks, and participated in prize raffles. Thanks to those sponsors who made cash and prize donations: Mayor Vandergrift, Bob Godek, Yordan Cafe, Master Car Care, The Lunch Spot, DJ’s Auto Sales, Crawford Tire Services, Lester and Nancy Dabbs, Angelo and Crash, Hagan O’Reilly’s Irish Pub, Lowe’s, Forest Lake Golf Course, Red Eye Bar and Grill and Perkins Restaurant and Bakery. Congratulations go to Randy Chapman, who played his cards right and won the $500 first prize. Pictured, from left to right, are 3rd place finisher and Lions Club member Steve Van Varick, 2nd place Chris Leair, 1st place Randy Chapman and Ocoee Lions Club President David Wheeler.