Christmas season events in Olive Branch, Horn Lake and Southaven this past weekend featured several festive floats and displays that highlighted each one.
Each entry was also being judged for top awards, which have been announced by the organizing Chambers of Commerce in each city.
At Saturday’s Olive Branch Christmas Parade, the top Commercial Float named was from Parkwood Behavioral Health System, with Sonic Drive In taking second place.
The winner in the Non-profit/Civic category was the Olive Branch Public Works Department with Belly Rubs Basset Rescue winning second place.
The number one Horse group named came from Woman of the Horse, the top Marching Unit was from Stars in Motion, and Super Drugs had the winning vehicle entry in the parade. Following Saturday’s “Christmas in the Park, Bullfrogs and Mistle-toad” holiday event at Latimer Lakes Park in Horn Lake, winners in the exhibit/float competition included Illusion Ink as the top Business Display and Young Ladies Today as the top Non-Business Display.
Sons of the Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy won the Spirit Award and Heartland Church won the Mayor's Choice Award.
During the Southaven Christmas Parade of Lights on Thursday, Nov. 30, Sonic Drive-In was the Corporate Business winner with Northwest Mississippi Community College-DeSoto taking second place.
The top float in the Small Business category was DeSoto County Animal Clinic with G2 Comfort Solutions taking second place.
The winner in the Civic Group category was Cub Scout Pack 190, followed in second place by the ICS Eloise McClinton Headstart.
The Southaven High School Dance Team was named Best in Class Marching Team, Heartland Church was Best in Class Church and Griffith Towing had the Best in Class Vehicle.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.