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!
The Best Float Award went to Defiance Roadhouse for the Grinch Sleigh.
Best Dog(s) – Great Danes Bueller and McFly, owned by Mike and Melinda Clark.
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).
Best Dog & Owner Ensemble: Nancy Manwarring (right) and Tillie, Penny and Rudy,
with Connie Anschutz (left).
Best Car: Tim Buescher - 1948 Mercury Convertible.
John Lacy, Grand Marshall, riding in Brian Buchanan’s Olds Cutlass 442.
Rhonda DeGeal and Pam Crossett as “Naughty New Melle Elves.”
Sara Kopmann and CuJo in matching Santa Suits.
St. Paul’s UCC “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” Float.
Best Horse and Best Horse & Owner ensemble prizes went to
Anna Gaffney (right) and Hannah Leffler (left).
Steve and Nancy Manwarring, Santa (Murray) and Lori Kramer.
Defiance Ridge Float
Defiance R.O.M.E.O. Club float (Retired Old Men Eating Out.)
Caswell Brickwork Float
Sugar Creek Float.
Approximately 30 vehicles participated in the parade.