Christmas comes to Cleveland

The Royal Braves Band of Cleveland High School performs during the Hometown Christmas parade on Dec. 7.

The streets of Cleveland were lit up in celebration of Christmas on Dec. 7 for the Hometown Christmas lighted parade. Dozens of local businesses, schools, clubs and organizations entered the parade with brightly decorated floats and trucks. Cleveland and Tarkington high school bands performed while cheerleaders and drill teams performed.

The parade was the culmination of a two-day Hometown Christmas event that began on Friday, Dec. 6. The parade is organized by the City of Cleveland and the Unity Committee of Cleveland.

Mrs. Jean McAdams (seated) was picked as the Grand Marshal for this year’s Hometown Christmas parade. Pictured with her are Wanda Campbell with the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce and Bruce Martin with DeMontrond Ford.

The winners of the parade, picked by an independent panel of judges, received trophies for first through third place in commercial and non-commercial categories. The non-commercial winners are first place – Cleveland ISD Police Department, second place – Austin Memorial Library and third place – American Legion Post 393. The commercial winners are first place – Cleveland Health Care Center, second place – Burke’s Outlet and third place – East Fork RV Resort.

The grand marshal for the parade was Jean McAdams, who was escorted by Wanda Campbell, administrative assistant for the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. Cleveland Mayor Otis Cohn also led the parade. He was escorted by Bruce Martin with DeMontrond Ford of Cleveland. The Ford dealership also loaned several vehicles to escort dignitaries.

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