Community Interest

The 8th Annual Defiance Christmas Parade was Dec. 2

Great weather made for a great turn out at the Defiance Christmas Parade this year. There were 12 floats, 28-30 vehicles and approximately 25 pets.

The day kicked off with a 5K fun run/walk. Winners were Anthony Giacalone and Lily Boushelle. Anthony is a senior at FHHS and also won first place last year. Lily is a freshman and participated for the first time this year. Both students had family members who ran in the race as well.

In the parade, prize winners were Defiance Roadhouse (Best Float), Tim Buescher (Best Car), Mike and Melinda Clark (Best dog), Nancy Marwarring, Best Dog/Owner Ensemble. Winners of the Best Horse and Best Horse/owner ensemble were Anna Gaffney and Hannah Leffler.

Several hundred people attended to watch the parade. An unexpected highlight was a visit by John Pertzborn of Fox2Now who mingled with the crowd at the Defiance Roadhouse.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who helped organize and sponsor the event. It was a great success!

1. best float Def road house web IMG_2598.jpg
The Best Float Award went to Defiance Roadhouse for the Grinch Sleigh.

2. Best Dog(s) web IMG_2635.jpg
Best Dog(s) – Great Danes Bueller and McFly, owned by Mike and Melinda Clark.  

3. race winners with tom yeager and stacey crowder web image3.jpg
Winners of the 5K fun run/walk – Anthony Giacalone and Lily Boushelle with race sponsors:
Defiance RoadHouse–Tom Yeager (left) and The Inn at Defiance– Stacey Crowder (right). 

4. Best Dog Ensemble web IMG_2509.jpg
Best Dog & Owner Ensemble: Nancy Manwarring (right) and Tillie, Penny and Rudy,
with Connie Anschutz (left).

5. best car web  IMG_2545.jpg
Best Car: Tim Buescher - 1948 Mercury Convertible. 

6. Grand Marshall web IMG_2521.jpg
John Lacy, Grand Marshall, riding in Brian Buchanan’s Olds Cutlass 442.

7. New Melle Elves web IMG_2498.jpg
Rhonda DeGeal and Pam Crossett as “Naughty New Melle Elves.”

8. Sara Kopmann and Cujo web IMG_2503.jpg
Sara Kopmann and CuJo in matching Santa Suits. 

9. St. Pauls UCC web IMG_2579.jpg
St. Paul’s UCC “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” Float.

10. horses web IMG_2618.jpg
Best Horse and Best Horse & Owner ensemble prizes went to
Anna Gaffney (right) and Hannah Leffler (left).

11. Santa and Manwarrings web.jpg
Steve and Nancy Manwarring, Santa (Murray) and Lori Kramer.

12. Defiance Ridge Float web IMG_2572.jpg
Defiance Ridge Float
13. Defiance ROMEO club web IMG_2589.jpg
Defiance R.O.M.E.O. Club float (Retired Old Men Eating Out.)

14. Caswell Brick Float web IMG_2591.jpg
Caswell Brickwork Float
15. sugar creek float web IMG_2604.jpg
Sugar Creek Float.

16. car and truck web IMG_2549.JPG
Approximately 30 vehicles participated in the parade.