A beautiful day for a parade

More than 15,000 people turned out for Hemet’s annual Christmas parade

Photos by Melanie Lee/The Hemet Scoop
Hip hop dance company Beatitudes won the award for best walking entry in Hemet’s 2017 Christmas parade.

■ Mary Ann Morris / Editor

It was a beautiful day for a parade – specifically the Hemet Christmas Parade, which was held on Saturday, Dec. 2. It was a day of record numbers in many ways, and these statistics will have you thinking that the “Twelve Days of Christmas” had nothing on the city of Hemet! According to Stephany Borders, parade coordinator, more than 4,800 people participated, and there were a total of 115 entries in the parade, themed “The Whimsical World of Dr. Seuss.” There were so many entries this year that spectators may have thought they were watching The Rose Parade.
All told, there were 125 horses and animals, 24 decorated walking units, 15 schools marching, 5 middle school bands, four car groups, and three high school bands.

All told, there were 125 horses and animals, 24 decorated walking units, 15 schools marching, 5 middle school bands, four car groups, and three high school bands in the 2017 Hemet Christmas parade.”

The Hemet Police Department estimated that more than 15,000 people showed up to enjoy the day and see the best of what Hemet has to offer.

Parade winners included:
• Beatitudes, best decorated walking entry
• Bz Bee Tax Service, best float
• T.H.E. Center, best non-motorized entry
• Cruising A’s, best antique auto entry
• Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre, best motorized entry
• In Motion Training Center, best use of theme
• Dartmouth Middle School, ASB, school marching category
• San Jacinto Leadership Academy, best middle school band
• West Valley High School band, best high school band
• So Cal Mini Horses, best animal entry

Trophies will be awarded to parade winners during the Jan. 9, 2018 Hemet City Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Congratulations to all those who entered and made for a beautiful, family fun day for everyone.

Hemet Fire Department Chief Scott Brown and Battalion Chief Skip Irland drive an antique fire truck and wave to the crowd during the 2017 Hemet Christmas Parade.
So Cal Mini Horses entered many tiny horses from their stables in the 2017 Hemet Christmas Parade. They also won for best animal entry.
The California Youth Spirit Corps showed their spirit in a big way.
Dartmouth Middle School’s marching band won honors for best school marching.
Young military hopefuls laced up their boots and set out to march the parade route, in preparation for their futures safeguarding our country.
The float from Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre won for best motorized float. This is the 95th season of the Ramona Pageant.
This float made excellent use of the parade’s theme, “The Whimsical World of Dr. Seuss.” It was also a crowd favorite.
T.H.E. Center won best non-motorized entry. Two of the organization’s horses were dressed as Thing 1 and Thing 2 – with reindeer antlers!
Both sides of Florida Avenue are swollen with spectators who are eager for the 2017 Hemet Christmas parade to begin. More than 15,000 people attended the parade, according to the Hemet Police Department.

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