By Mike Leckband
This year's "Wonderful World of Christmas Parade" was held on Thursday night, Dec. 4th, in beautiful Downtown Cherokee.
Sponsored by the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Promotions Team, the parade got under way at 6 p.m., starting down West Main Street from the County Courthouse on top of the west hill. Slowly, the colorful, lighted caravan of floats and merry minstrels proceeded along the parade route.
There were two categories for this year's parade - Business and Non-profit. The winning entry for the Business Category was Northwest Realty with their float "Snowmen at Play." Second place went to Valley Bank and Trust's "Mele Kalikimaka." Third place went to Northstar Community Credit Union's "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree."
First place in the Non-profit Category was Cherokee Mental Health Institute's fabulous float "Christmas in Toyland." Second place went to Cherokee Regional Medical Center's impressive "The Grinch." Third place went to Washington High School clever entry of "Twas the Night Before Exams."
The parade brought out many Cherokee residents who lined up on both sides of historical downtown Main Street in the heart of the city's Entertainment and Cultural District.