Saturday, December 8 | Submitted by Donnie Rodgers, Jr. | Downtown Central
Holiday revelers were out in droves for the 2012 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade, “A Christmas Wish for Every Child” 75 entries, including floats and marching bands wound through Downtown Springfield competing for top honors in several categories and celebrating the Holiday season.
This year’s winners include:
1st Place 5A – Kickapoo Golden Arrow Marching Band
2nd Place 5A – The Cutting Edge – Willard High School Marching Band
3rd Place 5A – Glendale High School Marching Band
1st Place 3A – Strafford High School Indian Pride Band
2nd Place 3A – Blue Eye High School Marching Band
1st Place 2A – Gainesville High School Marching Bulldogs
Drum & Bugle Corps:
1st Place 5A – Central High School Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps
Grand Champion: Associated Theatrical Contractors – A Christmas Wish
Most Accurately Reflects Theme: Jordan Creek Nursing & Rehab- Christmas Dreams & Wishes for Children
Best Costumes: DiVentures
Most Original: Khighla’s General Store
Best Non-Profit: Grant Avenue Baptist Church- Peace for Every Child
KOLR10 and KOZL will broadcast the 2012 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade during the holiday season. Area viewers will have 4 opportunities to see the parade on TV: December 25 at 4pm and January 1 at 6am on KOLR and December 25 at 7am, and January 1 at 7am on KOZL Z-27.
The 2012 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade was made possible with the support of the following local businesses; Bistro Market, Midwest Family Broadcasting, Hoover Music Company, Penmac, KOLR/KOZL Ozarks Local, Colorgraphic Printing, The Cup, The Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Hollywood Theaters, Festival of Lights, Howard Fisk Limousines, the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District and the Urban Districts Alliance. The Parade was led by Grand Marshal, Doug Pitt, founder of Care to Learn.