The Eighth Annual Wonderful World of Christmas Parade in downtown Cherokee on Thursday evening, November 30th, brought in the Christmas Season in a colorful and festive manner.
Despite frigid temperatures, a good crowd of spectators lined Main Street to see the 29 entrants in the annual holiday spectacle.
As is traditional for parades at any time of year, the VFW Color Guard provided a patriotic opening for the parade.
Western Iowa Tech Community College and Hy-Vee Food Store teamed up with a float that promotes WITCC as a location for a Christmas party or reception.
The VFW Color Guard was immediately followed by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus in a wagon with the young winners of a coloring contest. Six artists in three age categories won places of honor in the wagon driven by Santa.
The Cherokee Chamber Promotions Team has announced the first, second and third place entrants in the parade.
Cherokee State Bank was named first place winner for their walking float and talented kazoo playing during the Wonderful World of Christmas Parade on Nov. 30 in historical downtown Cherokee. Representing Cherokee State Bank are: Jenny Boger, Patty Brown, Mike Hunter and Leon Klotz. Photo by Mike Leckband
The Cherokee State Bank won first place honors with a marching kazoo band playing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
The Cherokee Mental Health Institute won second place honors with reindeer taking the sleigh for a joy ride.
Runaway reindeer was the theme of the MHI entry in the Wonderful World of Christmas Parade on Thursday in Cherokee. Photo by Ken Ross [Click to enlarge]
Wilson TV & Appliance Store was awarded third place with a sleigh carrying the float with a leg lamp as featured in the movie "Christmas Story."