Latest News – December 10

And the Santa Trophy Goes to . . . .Parade Results In

Leadville’s annual Parade of Lights was a big hit with a record number of entrants and attendees, as hundreds lined historic Harrison Avenue for this festive, holiday spectacular!

The coveted Santa Traveling Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Annual Parade of Lights!

The coveted Santa Traveling Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Annual Parade of Lights!

While temperatures hovered in the mid-teens and a light snow was falling, as the parade judges weighed the criteria for a record 16 entrants in this year’s showdown for the coveted Santa Trophy!

Taken into consideration for the top prizes are creative use of materials, complexity of design, enthusiasm of participants, and overall appearance. And the scores are in!

The 1st place winner of the 2013 Parade of Lights float contest was Friends of the Fish Hatchery with their float “A Colorado Cutthroat Saves Christmas!”  Three cheers for the the Friends of the Fish Hatchery who are dedicated to making sure that the Leadville National Fish Hatchery stays open and viable for years to come. 

The Friends of the Fish Hatchery took first place in the Annuakl Parade of Lighst with their float: “A Colorado Cutthroat Saves Christmas!”  Photo: Meghan Buzan

The Friends of the Fish Hatchery took first place in the Annual Parade of Lighst with their float: “A Colorado Cutthroat Saves Christmas!” Photo: Meghan Buzan

Second place has been awarded to the Lake County School Bus Barn for their very colorfully-decorated bus. The schools made a big showing in the Parade of Lights, from the marching high school band to the kids choir, but that sparkly bus was flashing more than it’s usual “stop” sign! Well done!

Now here's a bus noone minded waiting in the cold to see! Second Place went to the Lake County School District Bus Barn crew with their colorfully decorated school bus! Photo: Meghan Buzan

Now here’s a school bus no one minded waiting in the cold for! Second Place went to the Lake County School District Bus Barn crew with their colorfully decorated school bus! Photo: Meghan Buzan

And rounding out the parade podium with 3rd place was the Leadville Elementary Chorus, who also had the honor of bringing Santa and Mrs. Claus into town on their float. 

This is a group of Leadville choir students from the 21st Century after school program under the direction of music teacher Mr. Hemingson. These children go to school here in Leadville at Pitts and West Park Elementary Schools. 

The Leadville Elementary Chorus enthusiascally sang "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" and took third place in the competition. Photo: Meghan Buzan

The Leadville Elementary Chorus enthusiascally sang “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” and took third place in the competition. Photo: Meghan Buzan

In addition, the judges decided to give an “Honorable Mention” to the Lake County High School Band, who continue to keep the beat going for all Leadville parades, entertaining the crowds along the route. Led by Band Director Jonathan Cole, the LCHS band deserve an extra hooray for playing those instruments in some pretty COLD temperatures. Go Panthers!

 The Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce congratulates all the winners and send out a heart-felt thank you to all participants , as well as the many volunteers that helped plan and create this anuual holiday tradition. 

And don’t forget!  The judging for both the business and residential holiday decorating contests will be taking place this week . . . stay tuned!

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