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Online voters pick Christmas Parade’s best

That’s a big flag — Members of the DeLand Rotary Club and their helpers tote a giant American flag down Woodland Boulevard in the DeLand Christmas Parade Dec. 2. The flag is a crowd favorite, and garners much applause as the Rotarians carry it on the parade route. For two years now, DeLand’s three Rotary Clubs — Breakfast, Noon and Downtown — have organized and staged the town’s Christmas parade, since the DeLand Jaycees gave up the job after several decades.

 

That’s a big flag — Members of the DeLand Rotary Club and their helpers tote a giant American flag down Woodland Boulevard in the DeLand Christmas Parade Dec. 2. The flag is a crowd favorite, and garners much applause as the Rotarians carry it on the parade route. For two years now, DeLand’s three Rotary Clubs — Breakfast, Noon and Downtown — have organized and staged the town’s Christmas parade, since the DeLand Jaycees gave up the job after several decades.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Thousands of cheering people lined Woodland Boulevard Dec. 2 for DeLand’s 69th annual Christmas Parade.

The parade, run for the second year by DeLand’s three Rotary Clubs, featured 121 entries from a variety of community groups, elected officials and local businesses.

The Beacon was once again proud to handle community voting for the parade.

From 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 to noon Dec. 5, people had the chance to vote for their favorite floats and entries online.

This year, 915 people participated in the voting — more than double the 435 voters after last year’s parade.

Not every voter selected a preference in all four categories, so the total number of voters varies somewhat from category to category.

Without further ado, here are the winning entries, as chosen by you!

 

Best band/musical entry (545 total votes) 

DeLand High School Marching Bulldogs — 273 votes, or 50.09 percent

Millennium Musicians — 69 votes, or 12.66 percent

Southwestern Middle School Band — 59 votes, or 10.83 percent

 

Best nonprofit/community group float or entry (748 total votes)

Love Like Lyndsey Loved Foundation — 136 votes, or 18.18 percent

Volusia Pines Elementary School — 132 votes, or 17.65 percent

Girl Scout Troop 1070 — 63 votes, or 8.42 percent

 

Best commercial float or entry (603 total votes)

Chick-fil-A — 84 votes, or 13.93 percent

Celebration Inflations — 79 votes, or 13.10 percent 

Preps Dance — 72 votes, or 11.94 percent

 

Best pet/animal-related float or entry (464 total votes)

My Angel With Paws — 261 votes, or 56.25 percent

New Horizons Service Dogs — 140 votes, or 30.17 percent

Coastal Boxer Rescue — 63 votes, or 13.58 percent

 

— Percentages are calculated based on the total number of votes in the particular category, not the 915 total votes cast.

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