McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Local News

December 14, 2013

Winners named in Christmas parade

McALESTER — And the winner is:

• 1st Place: Independent Insurance Agency, “Polar Express” train float.

• 2nd Place: New Life 313 Church, “It’s a Wonderful Life” float.

• 3rd Place: Pride In McAlester, “Charlie Brown Christmas” float.

People lined up on the sidewalks of Carl Albert Parkway and Choctaw Avenue on Thursday night to catch a glimpse of Santa during McAlester Main Street’s annual Christmas parade. The theme this year was “Christmas in the Movies.”

The parade was originally set for Dec. 5 but was rescheduled to Thursday because of bad weather, according to Ginny Webb, executive director of McAlester Main Street.

During the parade, movie-themed floats as well as traditional floats, the McAlester High School marching band, MHS pom and cheer squads, as well as other organizations such as the Shriners, all made their appearance in the cold night air.

Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns led the parade as he waved to the crowd from the top of a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle — it looks like a tank — followed by several police and fire vehicles, all with lights flashing and sirens blaring.

But the last float carrying Santa Claus appeared to be the biggest attention-getter of all.

Victoria Garza, 12, and her sister, Gabriella Garza, 10, said they loved the parade.

 

"Its awesome,” Victoria said.

Deborah Necessity and Rory Robertson said they traveled from Muskogee to take part in the parade, representing the Bedouin Shriners.

“There were lots of people out there watching and cheering on the parade,” Robertson said.

“We really enjoyed it.”

The parade route officially started at 7 p.m. at proceed east on Carl Albert Parkway from Main Street, then turned south on Fifth Street and then back west on Choctaw Avenue. The parade ended at Choctaw Avenue and Main Street.

During the parade, the float entries were judged from a stage at Choctaw Avenue and First Street and cash prizes and trophies were awarded

This year’s judges were  Rebekah Kelton, Clem Santine and Megan Waters, according to Webb.

Judges awarded first place and $300 to Independent Insurance Agency for its “Polar Express” train float. Second place and $200 were awarded to New Life 313 Church with its “It’s a Wonderful Life” float; third place and $100 were awarded to Pride In McAlester with its “Charlie Brown Christmas” float, according to Webb.

She said judging was based on originality, adherence to the parade theme and difficulty of workmanship.

Webb said Arrowhead State Park participated for the first time this year with a float depicting children sitting around a campfire.

Overall, Webb said even with the rescheduling of the parade, the entire event was a success.

Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Police Badge MCC.jpg Detective's Dispatch: Buckle up

    It only takes a few seconds to put your seat belt on. These few seconds could change the rest of your life!

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • KTC Proclamation McAlester KTC students compete in state FCCLA contest

    Kiamichi Technology Center, McAlester Campus, recently participated in the 2014 Oklahoma State Students Taking Action with Recognition Events for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18-BREAKFAST1.jpg Lackey: Challenge of today's church is to empower Christ

    Christians everywhere make up the Body of Christ.
    Tom Lackey, of the First Presbyterian Church, delivered that message to the fourth gathering of those participating in the Men’s Holy Week Breakfasts.
    Lackey spoke to a group estimated at more than 100 men and boys at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in McAlester on Thursday.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Moon Shadow McAlester crowd gathers to watch lunar eclipse

    More than 60 local and area residents gathered to endure the cold temperatures and late night hours to witness one of Mother Nature’s celestial night shows Tuesday morning.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Luncheon speaker Hundreds attend ladies luncheon

    The 42 Annual Women’s Holy Week Salad Luncheon took place Thursday at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple.

    April 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • Copper wire $5,000 reward offered after theft of copper wire

    A $5,000 reward is being offered in connection with a theft of copper wire causing some $400,000 in damage and causing a Savanna asphalt company to shut down operations, police say.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Crash south of Kiowa McAlester trooper saluted

    Trooper Sean Mass of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Troop D, McAlester, has been recognized as a Trooper of the Year by AAA Oklahoma.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Men's Holy Week Breakfast Washington: Jesus forgives is message at Holy Week Breakfast

    All of us can find salvation and forgiveness of our sins, just like one of the thieves who had been crucified next to Jesus on the cross.
    That’s the message the Rev. Anthony Washington, pastor of the Mount Triumph Baptist Church in McAlester, delivered as featured speaker for the third gathering of this year’s Men’s Holy Week breakfast.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mills: 'Nothing personal' in contesting Layden's candidacy

    Pittsburg County Special District Judge Tim Mills says there’s nothing personal in his contesting the candidacy of Bill Layden, who is also a former special district judge in the county.

    April 16, 2014

  • MCALESTER GENERIC 1 McAlester student accepted to Arts Institute

    Brandi Hongell, of McAlester, has been accepted to the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, an arts academy held in June in southwestern Oklahoma.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Seasonal Content
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
NDN Video
Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN Elizabeth Olsen's Sexy Shoot Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid" Kate and Will Land in Oz O’Reilly Launches Preemptive Strike Against CBS Pixar Unveils Easter Eggs From its Biggest Movies Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.