Holiday Parade and Caroling by Candlelight

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Managing Editor

The Christmas spirit descended upon Madison last Saturday with the annual Holiday Parade that culminated with The Caroling by Candelight event in town park that featured local musical performers and good ole’ Santa and Mrs. Claus. The parade’s theme this year was “A Story Book Christmas,” so the city asked the Ferst Foundation, a child literacy group, to be the Grand Marshall of the parade. The parade also featured the Mayor and City Council riding through town on a fire truck. About 60 people/organizations registered to be in the parade. Colleen Hall, events coordinator for the city of Madison, was pleased with the event. “The parade was fabulous with amazing floats and everyone getting in to the spirit of the day,” said Hall. “We had three prize winners: Madison Christian Church took home the Best Use of Theme Prize; Girl Scout Troop #13114 won for the Most Creative Float; and the Morgan County 4-H won the Best In Show prize. All of the winners received $100 in Downtown Dollars–keeping 100 percent of the prize winnings in our downtown.” Hall was grateful to all the participants that made the parade and caroling a memorable and festive event. “Many Thanks To All Of Our Performers At Caroling By Candlelight 2014: Brass Ensemble, Bryce Jaeck & Lee Abney; MCPS Chorus, Jeremy Skidmore, Director; MaCayla Cook, a MCHS junior and talented singer; God’s Gift Of Praise Singers, directed by Angela L. Dennis-Simmons; MCMS Chorus, directed by Carisa Elam; MCHS Chorus, directed by Steve DeLaigle, Community Caroling Accompanied by the MCHS Chorus; and a special thanks to Rob Seymour, Master of Ceremonies,” said Hall. According to Hall, the Holiday Parade is a beloved town tradition that the city looks forward to each year. “Everyone always has a great time,” said Hall. “This year was something really special.”

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