Denison Area Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Parade, "Picture Perfect Christmas," brought picturesque floats adorned with festive lights to downtown Denison on Thursday night.

Denison Area Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Parade, "Picture Perfect Christmas," brought picturesque floats adorned with festive lights to downtown Denison on Thursday night.


The city hosted the procession of antique and unique cars and creatively designed floats without incident despite some icy snow still built up around the streets. "We want to thank the city of Denison and their hard workers who made Main Street passable and sidewalks clean," said the Chamber.


The parade was originally scheduled for Dec. 5, but the ice storm delayed the festivities until this week. Denison Independent School District has been closed since letting students go home early on that date, and the Yellow Jacket marching band, which normally leads the parade was kept out this year.


The floats included platforms with coordinated carolers and dancers, and the Denison Women Rock pink fire truck, decked out with layers of Christmas lights, carried the Denison High School Cheerleaders.


During the parade, bystanders and those in the march exchanged continuous shouts of "Merry Christmas!" Between the cheer, the lights and the festive atmosphere, the only noticeable absence in the parade was the DHS marching band.


Trevor Hawley of Denison, a former Yellow Jacket marching band member, brought his young, white puppy Krypto to the parade, which he attends every year. Hawley said he did miss the marching band, "but it’s always a joy to see Santa Claus and all the lights on the cars. It was nice. It was actually better this year than last year."


Jennifer Fiero-Smith of Denison agreed that it was better and "seemed like it was a lot longer this year."


Mike Shaffer of Denison said that he goes to the parade every year. "The only thing I missed was the marching band," Shaffer said.


Jessica Gott and her 7-year-old daughter Bevin Gott agreed that the floats "where everyone was singing" were best, and Bevin answered which float was her favorite with one word; "snowman," referring to a snowman float that played "Frosty the Snowman" as a procession of dancers in Frosty costumes followed closely behind.


Here are the full results of the float contest: Grand Prize – Denison High School, HOSA-Future Health Professionals; First Place – Dance Xplosion; Second Place – Cub Scout Pack 606; Third Place – Ralph Parks on his tractor; Car/Motorcycle – Red River Valley MVPA; Equestrian – Texoma Quarter Horse Association; Honorable Mention (nonprofit) – Women Rock; and Honorable Mention (Business) – Champion Cooler