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.
Youth:
Ocoee Bulldogs
Church:
Liberty Lighthouse
Commercial:
Club Z
Non-Commercial:
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.

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