Photo by Les Stukenberg.
Participants of the 34th annual Prescott Christmas Parade did not hold back this year.
Prescott Christmas Parade
Working with the theme of “All I Want for Christmas,” schools, organizations and businesses showed their Christmas spirit by coming out in full force with extravagant floats, music and pets of all sorts.
Last year’s winners of the parade, Sacred Heart Catholic School, made another strong appearance with a nativity scene featuring baby Jesus (a doll), Mary and Joseph. In the center of the float was a large, handcrafted poinsettia Christmas tree. At the back of the float a banner read “All I want for Christmas is Jesus.”
“Last year we had a leg up because the theme was “The True Meaning of Christmas,” so we just had Mary, Joseph and Jesus in the center,” said float designer and parent Jules Foreman. “That was kind of a given.”
Neighboring them was a unique float put together by the Prescott United Methodist Church. The centerpiece was a large paper mache dove of peace. Behind it stood a cross with a wreath. Their banner read “All We Want for Christmas is Peace.”
“We cut a plywood template out of the general shape of it; then we took chicken wire and started wrapping it and stuffing it with newspapers to give it the body,” said Dale Piepenbrink, who constructed most of the dove. “Then we took an old sheet for the wings and [my wife, Sharon] sewed that up. Then we used wall paper paste.”
Trailing behind them were Christmas Parade regulars, the Scottish Terriers of Prescott.
Fred Lombardo and his wife have been walking their terriers in the Christmas Parade for the last 18 years.
“These aren’t the same dogs we walked in the first one,” Lombardo said. “This is actually the third generation.”
Another type of animal that was allowed to participate in this year’s parade after years of being prohibited was horses.
Parade chairman Harold Viehweg said he recalls horses being allowed once before years ago, but it didn’t go well.
“There was ice and they were slipping all over the place,” Viehweg said.
The tentative decision to allow horses this year came with a caveat: If there is inclement weather, don’t bring the horses.
Fortunately for parade participants and spectators, the weather couldn’t have been better.
This brought out a gang of ponies, a few large horses and a zebra, the mascot for ZebraScapes, a landscaping company in town.
Judging of the parade was broken into two categories. Five Prescott citizens judged the floats.
The winners were:
1st Place Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe
2nd Place Yavapai County Search & Rescue
3rd Place ZebraScapes, LLC
Overall there were 88 entries in the parade.