True blue and Santa, too

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By Lisa King

The weather wasn’t quite delightful, but neither was it frightful Saturday at the Christmas Parade, an event that had a specific theme this year.


Touted as the Red, White and Blue American Christmas, the parade down Main Street featured 20 floats, up a few from last year, many of which featured patriotic themes, a couple of them depicting Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001.

Even some animals were dressed more like the Fourth of July than for Christmas, including “Levi,” a camel belonging to Eric Swisher, who owns an insurance company in Shelbyville, which looked like a 4-legged version of Uncle Sam, as he paused along the parade route from time to time for some petting and admiration from spectators.

Although the day wasn’t very warm, no precipitation dampened the event, and the sun even peeked out occasionally, perhaps one reason the event was better attended than last year, when several of the parade’s walking exhibits had to be canceled because of snow and cold.

People lined both sides of Main Streets between the Shelby County Fairgrounds and 3rd Street, and the yelps of delight could be heard from children scampering to gather candy thrown from everyone from pageant queens, city and county government officials and even Santa Claus, to Gary Tapp, the event’s grand marshal, who rode atop the antique fire truck of the Middletown Fire Department.



Float Winners


Civic Groups

First place: Bagdad Junior Firefighters

Second place: Girl Scout Troop 1244



First place: MLCHS JROTC

Second place: Allen Chapel Church



First place: Shelby County Animal Shelter

Second place: Shelby County Republican Party



First place: Masonic Home

Second place: Crestview Care and Rehab


County Government Award

Associates in Pediatric Therapy


City Government Award

Crestview Care and Rehab


Grand Champion-Overall Winner

Masonic Home