Saturday’s mild weather no doubt played a part in the success of the Zachary Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas parade.
About 75 parade entries proceeded along Church and Main streets Saturday. The creativity, decorations and effort by the contestants vying for top prizes didn’t disappoint.
The parade, themed “It’s A Wonderful Life in Zachary: A Celebration of Christmas Movie Classics,” included floats portraying everything from the Grinch stealing Christmas to the Griswolds taking a family vacation. There was even a trip to the chocolate factory with Willy Wonka.
The morning parade included church, city and civic groups, fire and police, businesses, sports teams, dance troupes, children’s clubs, organizations and others.
Prizes were awarded to the best float, best display of parade theme, best marchers and best riders.
The Bank of Zachary won best float for an entry featuring a version of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” with the Griswolds, complete with an RV.
Zachary United Methodist Church impressed with its version of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Gold-wrapped chocolate bars were passed out from an elaborately decorated float that included bubbles, confetti and candy.
A tie for best marchers went to Molly Myers Dance Studio of Zachary, whose dancers performed a chorus line to holiday music, and the Scotlandville Magnet High School Marching Band, which played holiday classics.
Band members had everyone dancing in the streets and singing along to holiday tunes.
Redwood Baptist Church won in the best riders category for a float of boys and girls performing as little drummer boys.
Honorable mention nods were given to COCA Sales of Baker and Turning Point Dance Studio in Zachary.
COCA Sales had a working crane pulling a Christmas tree through the chimney of a house in the spirit of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Turning Point paid tribute to Hallmark’s “A Princess for Christmas.” Dancers were dressed as princesses in a float built as a castle.
The chamber’s annual Christmas parade was emceed by Billy Kline and Sharon Phillips and judged by Ashley Evans, Jill McGraw and Stacy Gill.