Cold temps don't deter holiday cheer
Hundreds of people braved the cold weather to gather for the city of Destin’s 33rd annual Christmas Parade, which took place Saturday morning.
This year’s theme was “All I want for Christmas.” The floats started at Downtown Destin Shopping Center and traveled west down Harbor Boulevard to Stahlman Aveue.
Parade entries included a large inflatable teddy bear on the back of a truck pulling a trolley full children. Miss Destin 2017 Rachel McMullen followed in a convertible.
Three young dancers from the Rise Dance Center dressed as dolls rode on a float designed to look like a musical ballerina jewelry box. There also was young man dressed in camouflage pants pushing an massive beach ball down the street as the children looked on in awe.
Keeping with tradition, Santa Claus made his appearance atop a fire engine.
2017 Winners of the 33rd Annual Destin Christmas Parade
“All I want for Christmas”
Noel Award/Band Award :
Sponsor: Signchick Signs
Winner: FWB/Destin Middle School Band
Elf Award/Children Service
Sponsor, Jim Liufau State Farm RAKK-
Random Acts of Kindness Kids
Santa’s Helper Award/Children Commercial
Sponsor: AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar
Winner: Rise Dance Center
Civic Club/Civic Award
Sponsor: Emerald Coast Knights of Columbus
Winner: FWB Mardi Gras Club / Queen Anne
Chamber Award / Commercial
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce
Winner: AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar
Angel Award/Religious Award
Sponsor: Mike Cheney, Allstate
Winner: Rocky Bayou Christian School
Sponsor: Destin Rotary
Winner: Impact Life Church