57th Annual Christmas Parade brings in crowd
LANCASTER– The 57th Annual Lancaster Christmas Parade strutted off with 45 entries consisting of floats, antique cars, old and new fire trucks, marching groups and the traditional clowns Saturday, Dec. 11.
This year’s parade, with the theme, “A Heartfelt Christmas,” had a new starting point just south of Historic Town Square, winding through the Square to Dallas Ave. and ending at Lancaster’s Recreation Center for an evening full of activities.
The parade was led by Police Chief Keith Humphrey and his officers escorting the Grand Marshal family of fallen officer Craig Shaw, followed by the Lancaster JROTC Color Guard and then Mayor Marcus Knight and his family and other city council members. Of course the Lancaster High School Band, Cheerleaders, Drill Team and Flag Twirlers made a huge impression and kept the crowd entertained all along the route.
Winners named for the parade were: Best Lighted Entry – Greater Southwest Shrine Club; Best Business Entry – 24 Hour Wrecker Service; Best Antique Entry – Horseless Carriage Club of America; Best Marching Entry – PhoenixPhinest Hampton Prep Dancers; Best Organization Entry – Point of Life Family Church; and Best Youth Entry – Rosa Parks/Millbrook Elementary.
Santa Claus rode in an antique fire truck along the route, making his way to the Lancaster Recreation Center for his evening of appearances.