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2012 Marshall Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade and Festival

Friday, December 7, 2012

Santa and Mrs. Clause ride on a Marshall Fire Department firetruck as the finale of the 2012 Christmas Parade.
(Kelsey Alumbaugh/Democrat-News) [Order this photo]
The 2012 Marshall Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade and Festival took place on Friday, Dec. 7.

"I thought it went really good," Executive Director of Marshall Chamber of Commerce Jill Murray said. "We were really please with the number of parade entries and it looked like we had a larger crowd than in past years, but like any event it needs tweaking. We're just going to keep adding to it."

First Christian Church held a chili/soup supper and silent auction from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

The festivities began with two local dance groups preforming on the south side of the courthouse. Broadway Bound Dance performed first, followed by Shapes Dance & Acro Studio.

Norvelle "Brownie" Brown was announced as the grand marshall of the parade and then lit the community Christmas tree in the southwest corner of the courthouse lawn.

The Marshall Community Chorus performed and the parade started shortly after 6 p.m.

The winners of the nonprofit category of the parade were Missouri Valley Community Action Agency in third place, Marshall Saddle Club in second place and Girl Scout Troop 30020 in first place.

The winner of the individual category in the parade was the Little Pumper.

The business category in the parade winner was Wood & Huston Bank.

After the parade, children were able to go into the courthouse to write letters to Santa.

Santa and Mrs. Clause were in the courthouse rotunda for children to visit with.

The coloring contest winners were given their prizes and pictures back if they were in attendance. The original plan had been to announce the winners and hand out prizes, but not many were in attendance.

"That's the part i want to tweak mostly," Murray said. "We have to get people used to staying for more than the parade."

Kindergarten and first-grade contest winners were sponsored by Wood & Huston bank. Second- and third-grade winners were sponsored by Community Bank. Fourth-grade winners were sponsored by Square Corner. Fifth-grade winners were sponsored by Shapes Dance & Acro Studio.

Winners of the coloring contest were as follows:


1st--Kelly Rubio-Benton School

2nd--Vanessa Andrude

3rd--Lee Morales Benton School

First Grade

1st--Fabian Chavaria

2nd--Elbert Henriquez

3rd--Gabby Medina

Second Grade

1st--Adriana Maqueda

2nd--Madelyn (last name unknown at this time)

3rd--Kimberly Almazan

Third Grade

1st--Thania Escalante

2nd--Akelyha Palmer

3rd--Jocelyn Garcia

Fourth Grade

1st--Makayla Rasse

2nd--Christiana Poindexter

3rd--Vanessa Reyes

Fifth Grade

1st--Ashton Alkire

2nd--Jessica Diaz

3rd--Maddie Allred

Marshall Dance Connection performed after the parade and the Marshall High School band played Christmas Carols while the crowd waited to hear announcements.

The winner of the Ethics in Action award was presented by Jason Cordova, president of ENACTUS, to Mike and Cindy Lamberson and the Marshall Dairy Queen. They were nominated by Katie Burger.

The winner of the window decorating contest for downtown businesses was Square Corner.

The winner of the turkey sponsored by ConAgra Food Services was Arline Borchers and the ham sponsored by Comfort Inn was won by Leta Robb.

Contact Kelsey Alumbaugh at kalumbaugh@marshallnews.com

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The parade was nice, but it went way to slow. Seemed like there was a great deal of time between floats. I think this was in part because police didn't do a good job of keeping people back, I know in my area in front of Red Cross people started on the curb and ended up standing in middle of the road by the end. I think they may need to extend the parade route a little, cram everyone in town on the square is just too many people in one place. And few people will stay after like Jill would like simply because it's cold. If you don't have a child desperate to see Santa than really no reason to stay in the cold.

-- Posted by oldschool17 on Tue, Dec 11, 2012, at 8:18 AM

The parade was awesome. There were quite a few floats in the parade, and I could not believe how many people were there to watch. All around a great event!

-- Posted by litlmissme on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 8:45 AM

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