This year's Christmas Parade was huge as approximately 15,000-20,000 people packed the streets around downtown to once again be a part of this tradition, which just completed its 60th year.
It is Winslow's biggest event as 69 parade participants made their way through the crowd-lined streets filled with fry bread tacos, green chili burritos, kettle corn, Native American jewelry, balloons, and those little exploding things kids like the throw around.
Many unique floats appeared ranging from a giant shopping cart with a huge car engine to a crucified Jesus Christ riding inside of a BNSF train engine. The young Apache dancers appeared to be a crowd favorite, and so were the Shriners in their little cars.
The Sweepstakes Award (first place) went to the Winslow High School Marching Band. The City Award (second place) went to Winslow Junior High School's 50s Float with marching students. The Judges' Award (third place) went to the Cinderella Youth Pageant float. The Mayor's Award (fourth place) went to the Cedar Creek Crown Dancers.
For the best in their category, the following were honored:
Hopi Junior/Senior Marching Band for Band; Hopi Buffalo Dance Group for Dance; Little Colorado River Horsemans Association for Equestrian; Winslow Arizona State Prison Complex for Float; Luepp Chapter for Non-profit Float; Second Mesa Day School for Youth Float; Hopi Junior/Senior High Junior ROTC Battalion for Military; Northern Arizona Antique Tractor and Engine Association for Vehicle, and APS Cholla Power Station for Walking.