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Updated: 11/26/2014 04:22:51PM

Raves for this year’s Christmas parade

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Summer Day Spa's float sparkled with beautiful lights in Arcadia's Christmas parade on Saturday.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

The DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council won the "most unique" category for its Christmas card.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Habitat for Humanity celebrates building homes around the world in its float for the annual Christmas parade.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Pine Level United Methodist Church was named best card with a religious theme.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Leon Wesley settles down to watch the lights of the annual Christmas parade through the eyes of youngsters.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ashley Coone and President Penny Kurtz lead off the annaul Arcadia Christmas Parade riding in a Mustang convertible.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Kay Tisdale Reed serves as emcee for the annual Christmas parade down West Oak Street, giving color commentary on all the entrants.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Nocatee Elementary School children pose next to their card, voted voted "best use of theme" in this year's Christmas Card Lane. The cards will line McSwain Park until early January, so don't miss them!

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Michelle Fields and Michala Durrance hand out sweet treats for the children from First State Bank's parade float.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

For some reason, Scooter looks less than thrilled towearing a jaunty Santa hat as he rides along the parade route.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

The DeSoto County School District created adown-home country float for the annual Christmas parade.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

The DeSoto ARC Angels are decked out in Sanmta hats to march in the Christmas parade.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Owners and staff of Mary Margaret's Tea & Biscuit brought an old-fashioned touch to West Oak Street in their Victorian finery, followed by a vintage automobile.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

The Arcadia Dance Academy float is beautifully lit and their dancers all smiles along the parade route.


ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Links2Success members parade along West Oak Street.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

An acrobatic juggler towers over the crowds as he walks along the parade route. Needless to say, he was a big hit with the kids.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

PThere was no shortage of golf carts, ATVs and every other kind of vehicle along the parade route. Here, Peace River Campground members made an impressive showing with their decorated carts.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Isaiah Santilli, Dylan Santilli, DJ Walker, Preston Barringer, Joshua Shelfer, Jayden Twohig, Mason Albritton, Layla Albritton and Kaylen Barringer made special Santa ears for the Christmas parade.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Vince Sica, CEO of DeSoto Memorial Hospital, waves to spectators as he walks along West Oak Street.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Girl Scouts remember the "reason for the season" by creating a nativity scene on their float.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

DeSoto Health and Rehab helps people of all ages get in the Christmas spirit.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Sofia Garcia tells Santa what she wants for Christmas. Santa took time to talk to all the children who wanted to see him at the Chamber of Commerce building, following the Christmas parade.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

The Arcadia Rodeo crew dressed in old-time pioneer style, like the early settlers of DeSoto County.

PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK

The Arcadia Dance Academy float is beautifully lifor the DeSoto County 2013 Christmas Parade.


By ASHLEY COONE

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President Penny Kurtz, Executive Director Ashley Coone and the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce directors thank the community for their support of this year’s Christmas Card Lane and the Christmas Parade held Dec. 7. The cards and floats were truly a sight to see with the “Christmas Around the World” theme. There were more than 50 entries in the parade, and 29 Christmas cards. Thank you to all those who entered, showed their Christmas spirit and started DeSoto County’s holiday season off so well.

Congratulations to the following businesses, churches and organizations for their winning entries, which will be announced at the Noontime Networking at DeSoto Jewelry, Dec. 18.

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