Saturday, December 10 | Submitted by | Downtown Central
Thousands came downtown to celebrate the Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade, “Inside Santa’s Workshop.”
More than 70 entries wound through Downtown Springfield in celebration of this beloved, Springfield holiday tradition. Float entries competed for top honors in several categories.
This year’s winners include:
Grand Champion: SS&B Heating and Cooling (Minnie & Mickey at Santa’s Workshop)
Most Accurately Reflects Theme: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds (Just Elfin’ Around)
Best Costumes: Good Shepherd Hospice (Christmas Wonderland)
Most Original: 3-way tie between DeLong Plumbing (After a Long Day in the Workshop), Ghostbusters of the Ozarks (The Spirit of Christmas), Republic Services of the Ozarks (Christmas Recycle Workshop)
Best Non-Profit: Grandview Baptist (The Greatest Gift: The Nativity)
1st place 5A: Willard High School Cutting Edge
2nd place 5A: Kickapoo Golden Arrow Band
3rd place 5A: Glendale Falcon Regiment
1st place 4A: Hillcrest High School Blue Wave Band
1st place 3A: Strafford Pride of the Tribe Marching Band
1st place 2A: Blue Eye High School Marching Bulldog Band
2nd place 2A: Pleasant Hope Pirate Power Band
3rd place 2A: Gainesville Marching Bulldogs
1st place Drum & Bugle Corp 5A: Central High School Kiltie Drum & Bugle Corps
2nd place Drum & Bugle Corp 5A: Parkview Lassies Drum & Bugle Corps
The 2016 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade will be broadcast on KOLR on Dec. 24 from 6:00-7:00 PM and Dec. 25 from 4:00-5:00 PM. It will also air on KOZL on Dec. 25 from 6:00-7:00 PM.
The 2016 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade was made possible from support from the following: Penmac Staffing, PriceCutter, Bistro Market by PriceCutter, KOLR/KOZL Ozarks Local, Midwest Family Broadcasting, Howard Fisk Limousines, 66 Car Museum, SS&B Heating & Cooling, DeLong Plumbing, The Venues Church, Dalmark, Heers, the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District and Downtown Springfield Association. The Parade was led by Grand Marshal, Rob Baird.