The annual LaGrange Christmas Parade brought thousands downtown Thursday and the float contest brought out plenty of entrants with the “All I Want for Christmas” theme.
Judge Michelle Willaims said floats were judged based on effort, preparation, creativity and participation.
Rosemont Elementary School was the hit of the parade with its extravagant “Duck Dynasty”- inspired float, winning the coveted Director’s Choice Award. Williams said Rosemont sealed the spot for standing out among the rest and earning the highest scores in all categories.
Categories for the floats included the church division, small business division, large business industry division, civic division, first-time entry and school division.
Other winners of the day were:
• Alex Beall won first place in the small business division for the second year in a row with his float for Beall’s Plumbing.
• Chik-fil-a won second place in the small business division with its Santa’s list-inspired float.
• Saint Marks Kindergarten sealed the first place spot in the school division with a colorful and bright Dr. Seuss theme where all the children wanted for Christmas was to “love, laugh and learn.”
• West Georgia Tech took second place in the school division with its robotics and electronic-themed float.
• Grace Baptist Church was awarded first place for the church division with its angel and nativity scene float.
• Springhill Baptist Church took home the second place church division award.
• The Troup County Sheriff’s Department won first place in the civic division.
• The Kiwanis Club earned the second place spot under civic division.
• Caterpillar again landed the first place spot for the large industry business division.
• Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia took second place in large industry.
• Kersey Dental took first place in the first-time entry category.
• Guardians Motorcycle Riding Club took second place in the first-time entry division.