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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Downtown Shawnee Christmas parade makes its way down Main Street

  • With a theme of “Celebrating Shawnee Heritage,” the annual Downtown Shawnee Christmas Parade made its way down Main Street Thursday night.
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  • With a theme of "Celebrating Shawnee Heritage," the annual Downtown Shawnee Christmas Parade made its way down Main Street Thursday night.
    Awards were given in areas of Best Performance, Best Use of Theme and Best in Show.
    For Best Performance, Stompin' Sensation took first place honors, with Grace Dance Center named the runner-up.
    For Best Use of Theme, the St. Benedict Cub Scout Troop 416, with a train-themed float, took first place. The runner-up was the Brown Derby float.
    The City of Shawnee's float, a train locomotive, was named first place for Best in Show with the Shawnee FFA float taking second place.
    The parade was originally scheduled for Dec. 5 but due to weather was rescheduled. While the crowd was smaller this year due to scheduled school events, several people showed up to enjoy the parade.
    "My favorite thing about the parade is the $10 Sonic gift cards they were throwing out," said Charles Jones, of Shawnee.
    Sonic was one of around 60 entries in the parade ranging from traditional floats to marching bands and dance teams.
    "I like to see the bands and dancers," said Clarissa McElvany, of Shawnee.
    The parade route followed Main Street, starting at Beard Street and Main and ending at the Santa Fe depot. The grandstands were located at Main Street and Bell Street where the announcer and judges were located.
    This year's Grand Marshal was the Shawnee Public Library, which was organized in 1901.
    "We thought that was a good thing to celebrate considering this year's theme which is Celebrating Shawnee Heritage," said Shawnee Community Development Director Justin Erickson.
    The main sponsor of the parade was White's Ace Building Center, along with other sponsors including Sonic, Sips and Shawnee Outlook.
    The 27th Annual "Cans Film Festival", hosted by Jones Theatres, Inc. and 10450 AM Kool Gold KGFF Radio, was held prior to the parade at the Hornbeck Theatre. The theater had a showing of "Despicable Me 2". Admission to the movie was two cans of non-perishable food per person to collect canned goods for the Salvation Army holiday food distribution.
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