2016 Christmas Parade Award Winners

aba_1333-smalleraba_1333-smallerOn Saturday, December 3, the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce hosted the 64th Annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade presented by Spectrum, making it Central Florida’s longest continuously-running holiday parade. More than 100 marching units participated in the parade, spreading holiday cheer to thousands of spectators along Park Avenue.

“The Chamber is honored to host this annual holiday tradition for our community,” said Lou Nimkoff, Chairman, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  “The parade participants share the holiday spirit with the young and young-at-heart, making this family event one of the most highly-anticipated each year.”

Throughout the event, a select panel of judges including Cynthia Gerkin, Woman’s Club of Winter Park, Fred McDonald, University Club of Winter Park, Debbie Komanksi, Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, and Cynthia Hasenau, Mead Botanical Garden, evaluated each participant in order to present awards in four categories, including:

  • Best Performing Group (non-band): Victory Martial Arts,
  • Best Band: Winter Park High School Marching Band,
  • Best Float: Winter Park Lost Pets, and
  • Judges Choice: Casa de Mexico.

The Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade is held annually on the first Saturday in December along Park Avenue.

The 64th annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade was made possible by the support of many community-minded organizations, including Birchmore Group, Inc., City of Winter Park, Red Bird Printing, The Park Press, Van Dingenen Law, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, WMMO 98.9 FM and WUCF 89.9 FM.

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