Christmas Parade Rolls through Ocoee

A mild and comfortable Florida winter day brought out spectators of all ages to watch the 2011 Ocoee Christmas parade. The Ocoee High School Marching Knights, the West Orange High School Warrior Marching Band, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Patrol, Disney Characters, and finally, Santa and his sleigh, were just a few examples of parade entrants marching through the City. The Parade started at 10 am, 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. Martha Lopez-Anderson and Dana “Andy” Anderson, of the local charity, Saving Young Hearts, were the Parade Grand Marshalls. Roger Freeman, long-time Ocoee resident, and Gail Paschall-Brown, reporter with WESH 2 News, served as tv hosts. Parade float entrants also provided a large number of toys and donations for the Police Deptartment’s Holiday Toys for Kids in Need program. Thanks to all the entrants and spectators who took part.

Here are the top entries in each category, according to the Parade judges. Overall winner was the Ready, Set, Dance Competition Team.
Youth:
Ocoee Bulldogs
Church:
Harvest International Church and School
Commercial:
The Classic Affair
Non-Commercial:
Bahia Shriners Center

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Video, courtesy of OcoeeTV and Orange TV.

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