Community Interest

A Beautiful Day for the Defiance Parade

The Defiance Christmas Parade had a great turn out of participants and spectators this year, enjoying the unusual 60+ degree weather! Over 40 animals, 30 cars, trucks, tractors, golf carts and other vehicles, and about 10 floats participated in the parade.

Winners are identified in the photo captions. Prize sponsors were: Best Float – Ferguson Financial Group; Best dog – Victoria Homes/Victoria Meder; Best Dog/Owner Ensemble – Defiance Ridge Vineyards; Best Car – Judgment Tree Vodka; Best Horse  – Robin’s Nest on the Katy Trail; Best Horse Ensemble – Sugar Creek Vineyards & Winery.

The parade Grand Marshall was John Lacy, driven in a 2019 Rolls Royce convertible compliments of St. Louis Motorcars, Chesterfield. 

The day kicked off with a 5K run, sponsored by Historic MO Wine Country, Trish’s Dish’s, Defiance Road House, Sunflower Hill Farm and Peoples Savings Bank. It ended with an evening filled with food and beverage tastings from local vendors under a big tent behind Robin’s Nest, sponsored by Todd and Robin White.

Other activities included breakfast at the Defiance Road House, lunch at St. Paul’s UCC Church, pictures with Santa, live music by Rocket Rick, activities for kids, a Christmas Market with beautiful handcrafted gifts, a book signing by local author Tricia L. Sanders; food and beverages, from Judgement Tree Vodka, Good News Brewing Co. and The Hotdog Man, & more. There were also special activities at Frisella’s Nursery, Sugar Creek Winery, Sunflower Hill Farm and Defiance Ridge Vineyards. John Pertzborn, with Fox2News, was the special guest M.C. for the parade.

The Defiance Merchants Association thanks all the volunteers and sponsors, plus everyone who participated in the parade, and all who attended the event, for making it a very successful day!


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Best Float: Gingerbread House by Sunflower Hill Farm.


2. best dog ensemble web IMG_6297.jpg
Best Dog/Owner Ensemble: Nancy Manwarring.


3. best car web MG_6379.jpg
Best car: 1933 Ford Coupe owned by Don Hampton and driven by his son Scott.


4. Best Horse goat web IMG_6313.jpg
Best Horse Ensemble went to Gerty the Goat, Austin Bauman & Glenda Drier.


5. Best Dog from Jeff  web IMG_0014.jpg
Best dog  - Cujo, with Kati and Sara Kopmann.


6. best horse group from web Judy Hennessey print MG_4931.jpg
Best Horse was a group of three: Lucy Smith, Nathan Campbell and Karen Sinclair.


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Grand Marshall John Lacy was driven in a 2019 Rolls Royce convertible
compliments of St. Louis Motorcars, Chesterfield.



8. color guard web IMG_6327.jpg
St. Charles Co. Det. 725 Marine Corps League Color Guard.


9. tom shaw banner web  IMG_6337.jpg
This year’s parade was dedicated to the memory of Tom Shaw, Sr. Several of his
family members carried a banner made by the Defiance Merchants Assoc. in his honor.


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Approximately 40 animals walked in the parade
- including a donkey, a Shetland Pony, a Highland bull and a goat.


11. Santa and DMA Pres web IMG_6451.jpg
Santa (Murray Kramer) and Trish Perkins, President of the
Defiance Merchants Assoc. on a “Christmas Vacation” themed Float.


12. First Responders from Jeff web IMG_1559.jpg
Some of the first responders who participated in the parade.


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Members of the Francis Howell Choir - singing at the Defiance Road House.


14. tom and john web  IMG_6462.jpg
Tom Yeager-Defiance Road House, with John Pertzborn of Fox2 News.
(The two are fishing buddies.)


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Over 30 cars/trucks/tractors, golf carts, etc. drove in the parade.

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5K Under 25 winners (with Jeff Comotto): Jacob Blassingame and Lily  Jackson –
both are on the St. Charles West H.S. Cross Country Team.


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5K Over 25 winners (with Robin White): Colleen Winning and Mike Aitken.


18. vicki meder ewb IMG_6431.jpg
Victoria Homes Float.


19. Raib g float IMG_6403.JPG
Rainbow Girls.


20. romeo club web IMG_6438.jpg
Defiance R.O.M.E.O. Club - Retired Older Men Eating Out


21. st pauls web IMG_6444.jpg
St. Paul's UCC Youth.


22. moyorcycleweb IMG_6421.jpg
A vintage motorcycle and side car.


23. howell & carr families web  IMG_6301.jpg
Howell and Carr families.


24. nm girls web IMG_6289.jpg
Renee, Pam and Rhonda with their dogs.


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Members of the Defiance Merchants Assoc. and other volunteers decorating
the Christmas tree in Vera Jacobsen Park - Defiance.


Special thanks to Defiance Merchants Association members for providing the Best Horse, Best Dog, First Responders and 5K photos.