While the heavy rains held off for the day of the parade before setting in again on Sunday, it was the hard work and dedication of participants that set the wheels in motion on this year’s event. The week before saw local groups and organizations putting on the final touches of their floats in adverse weather conditions that could have easily dissuaded those fainter of heart.
Their hard work and dedication paid off, and the Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce this year’s North Georgia Mountain Christmas Parade Winners.
The Gladden Middle School Cheerleaders take home the Best of Theme Award for their float featuring a Red Carpet Line-Up of Christmas Movie heroes and heroines.
The Most Musical Float Award goes to Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church for their float featuring the Polar Express full of Christmas Carolers.
Murray Medical Center’s float depicted the Grinch returning to Whoville on Christmas morning with his sleigh loaded with stolen Christmas gifts and decorations. The group earned the Best of Lights Award for their entry.
Gospel Way Baptist Church earned the Best Religious award for their entry, “The Greatest Story Every Told,” featuring scenes from the life of Christ and a pageant of angels walking alongside the float.
The Murray County High School Band kept in step and won the prize for Best Walking Group.
Chatsworth Church of God spread the most Christmas cheer with their entry, “Dynasty Christmas,” proclaiming “We will not camouflage our love of Jesus,” and earning the Best Spirit Award.
The Walgreens team will take home the Most Creative Float Award for their A Christmas Story themed float complete with frozen flagpole, oink bunny pajamas, and leg lamp.
The President’s Choice Award goes to First United Methodist Church for their Elf themed entry featuring Buddy the Elf and his friends.
The award for Most Outstanding Float goes to the Murray County Rescue Squad for their Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer float. The Rescue squad puts several months’ worth of work into their float every year.
All awards apart from the Presidents Award are judged by a panel of judges from outside the Murray County Community. This year’s judges were from Gilmer and Cherokee Counties.
In addition to the prizes awarded by our judges, we will be adding a People’s Choice award. The Chamber plans to have pictures of each entry on our Facebook page by Friday, Dec.13 and the judging will take place on the page through Friday, Dec. 20. Those not on Facebook may email their vote to email@example.com.
The Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all parade participants and volunteers for their help in organizing the event. We would like to send special thanks out to the Murray County Sherriff’s Department, Chatsworth Police Department, and the Murray County Rescue Squad.