The Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce held their 38th Annual Bonne Terre Christmas Parade Wednesday night and people lined the streets.
This year’s theme was “Christmas Luau” and the chamber encouraged those participating to bring their furry friends. There were dogs clad in costumes and even a pig. The parade included several floats, cheerleaders, scouting groups, fire departments, many area businesses as well as Santa and Mrs. Claus atop the chamber's float.
Bonne Terre Chamber Executive Director Ron Allen said the annual parade and turnout was amazing despite having to postpone it from Monday to Wednesday due to a chance of bad weather.
“There was a nice turnout and it was a great day,” said Allen. “It was a little cool, but hey it’s December, it’s supposed to be cool."
Allen said some people dropped out of the parade due to it being postponed but then some others were added. He said they lost seven or eight entries, but they also gained seven or eight entries at the last minute. He said it was a fantastic turnout.
“They thought they had lost the band, but they ended up with the drumline to come in from North County,” said Allen. “We ended up with more than 50 entries. We had 38 check-ins, but that doesn’t include fire departments, ambulances, boy scouts or girl scouts.”
Allen said everybody seemed to be having a good time with this year’s theme and he feels it was an amazing pick.
“The grass skirts and the palm trees were great and you got to see a little bit of everything,” said Allen. “If you missed it, I hate it, because it was really good. People were calling about the rain and I think they were grateful we waited.”
Allen added it was a beautiful and what one would expect for a Christmas parade. It was cool and crisp, but nice and clear.
Allen added Dave Bahr and Brian Boyer took the lead on the parade, but they got a lot of help along the way. He said there are a lot of people to thank, but those two guys make sure everything gets done.
This year was a little different with the winners. The first place winner for best float this year was Bryant Restorations and they won a cash prize of $200. Stems Florist and Walgreens tied for second place and will split the remaining winnings. There was no third place winner.