110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Jen Horton
posted Dec 12, 2013 - 10:41:26am
The annual DeLand Christmas parade had 89 entries this year, each filled with the vitality of the parade theme, “Christmas ... Florida Style.” There were pink flamingos, boats and orange trees galore.
In the new tradition, for the second year, parade attendees served as the judges, voting online to choose the winners in six categories.
Nearly 750 people cast votes. There were ties in several categories, and in a couple of categories, the winner was determined by fewer than 10 votes.
The top three entries and honorable mentions are listed below. Additionally, the percentage of total votes earned by the first-place winners has been included.
Thank you to everyone who voted.
The Beacon extends congratulations and thanks to every person who participated as an entrant or as an attendee in this year’s parade. It was a fabulous event, and you are all what makes this town so special.
And the winners are...
First place: DeLand High School Band, 42.25 percent
Second place: Millennium Musicians
Third place: Southwestern Middle School
Honorable mention: Blue Lake Elementary Band
First place: Frontier Communications, 39.28 percent
Second place: Kid City USA — DeLand
Third place, tie: Tuckers Tree & Bobcat and Preps Dance School
Honorable mention: Boulevard Tire
First place: DeLand Fire Department 1942 Ladder Truck, 12.73 percent
Second place: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Andy Griffith Car
Third place: DeLeon Springs Community Association
Honorable mention, tie: Defending Freedom Weekend and DeLand Little League
First place: Casa Montessori, 21.36 percent
Second place: Stetson University
Third place: Team Marlon
Honorable mention, tie: Calvary Full Gospel Church and St. Peter Catholic School
Pets, Wheels & Dolls
First place: Volusia County 4-H Barn Brats, 43.45 percent
Second place: Mascot Costume Dog & Elf
Third place: Freestyle Fanatic
First place: Zumba with Adrienne, 18.43 percent
Second place: DeLand High School JROTC
Third place: Iwo Jima Marines
Honorable mention: Stetson Top Hats Dance Team
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Didn’t see your photo? View all of the photos from the DeLand Jaycees Christmas Parade, and from other area events, at www.BeaconOnlineNews.com.
Watch for the Deltona Christmas Parade photo collection in the Dec. 16-18 Midweek edition of The Beacon, followed by the DeBary Christmas Parade in Beacon Extra!. Photos from the Lake Helen and Orange City parades will be published later.
Editor’s Note: Categories are selected by the entrants on the parade application, not by The Beacon or the event organizers. A finalized list of all entrants with the categories marked for each was provided to The Beacon by the DeLand Jaycees less than 24 hours before the parade. The polling was hosted by The Beacon on SurveyMonkey, an independent third-party survey site. The Beacon is not affiliated with SurveyMonkey in any way
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