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Akron hosts 27th annual Welcome Santa Holiday Parade

12/5/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

DOWNTOWN AKRON — More than 70 parade units, including costumed characters, floats, musical ensembles, marching bands and Santa Claus, participated in the 27th annual Welcome Santa Holiday Parade Nov. 30 on Main Street.

The parade was sponsored by the city of Akron Recreation Bureau, Bridgestone Americas and local radio stations 1590 WAKR, 97.5 WONE and 94.9 WQMX. Tim Daugherty, from WONE, and Sue Wilson, from WQMX, emceed.

Bridgestone Americas was the sponsor of the Santa float, which was designed and built by Bridgestone employees. Santa came to town in an Indycar surrounded by his loyal pit crew of Bridgestone employees and their children.

Karen Lynch and Karen Hogan, from the All-American Parade Judges Association, awarded the following units for this year’s parade:

  • Best overall: Chapparells
  • First place marching band: East Community Learning Center Marching Band
  • Second place marching band: St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish Band
  • First place youth group: Dance out Loud
  • Second place youth group: St. Sebastian/St. Augustine Band
  • First place costumed character: Akron Beacon Journal
  • Second place costumed character: Akron Zoo
  • First place float: Miller’s Towing
  • Second place float: Manchester Girl Scouts
  • First place animal unit: Just Friends
  • Second place animal unit: North Central Ohio K-9 Search and Rescue
  • First place specialty unit: Spotlight School of the Arts
  • Second place specialty unit: Firestone Theatre — Akron School of the Arts
  • First place novelty unit: St. Helen Unicycle Drill Team
  • Second place novelty unit: Salvation Army Akron Citadel Jr. Tim
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