The Morrow County Chamber Christmas Parade
MOUNT GILEAD – Crowds of families lined Main Street in Mount Gilead Friday waiting for the 8th Annual Morrow County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade.
The wind made the 40-degree temperature feel like freezing, but the mood was happy and light as friends greeted each other.
“This is the most enjoyable event in the community,” said Susan Fox as she enjoyed stopping by The Gathering Place. “It’s my favorite thing of the year.”
People were happy to get a cup of free hot chocolate at Gilead Fitness or Griffith and Brininger by the fountain. Many stopped by the Open House at Mount Gilead Public Library to drop off a letter to Santa.
Trinity Church offered soup and sandwiches before the parade and cookies and hot chocolate after the parade. They also had a craft table for children to make and take a craft.
Activities for the Winterfest and Parade began at 5 p.m. With caroling by Morrow Little Theatre, Gilead Friends School and Trinity Church. The tree on the square was lit at 6:30 p.m. and crowds dropped by restaurants and the Humane Society to warm up as they waited for the parade.
Once again, the parade didn’t disappoint with 49 entries and floats along with High School Bands and a 4-H youth float.
The parade was led by Grand Marshall Ray Brennaman, a World War II veteran.
Mike Schnell kept music playing throughout the evening and announced entries as the parade passed the square.
A line of children waited their turn to see Santa after the parade, while many continued to enjoy shopping at the pop-up shop at Village Gathering Place.
Chamber of Commerce President Erin Kelty announced the following winners of parade categories:
- Spectacular lights, Loyer Pavement
- Soldier Award, Highland Marching Band
- Best costumes/props, Morrow County Hospital
- Best Decorated Vehicle, Mid-Ohio
- Most Creative Production, At His Feet
- Best Religious Theme, “A walk through Bethlehem”
- Best Community Spirit, 4-H float
Full-Lengh Video of 2022 Christmas Parade:
Thanks to NewsForce247 for broadcasting it live, sharing the video and thanks to Mike Schnell for announcing events at the time of the parade!