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Special praise for 5 parade entries

Posted: 11/18/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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  • Four-year-old Madeline Dunton and her mom Sally wait along Portage Avenue for the parade to begin.

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    Four-year-old Madeline Dunton and her mom Sally wait along Portage Avenue for the parade to begin.

  • Logan Bancroft, 5, and his sister, Asia, 4, wait for the Santa Claus Parade.

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    Logan Bancroft, 5, and his sister, Asia, 4, wait for the Santa Claus Parade.

  • Crowds gather to get a good spot to see the parade.

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    Crowds gather to get a good spot to see the parade.

  • A game of street hockey before the parade keeps kids busy.

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    A game of street hockey before the parade keeps kids busy.

  • A game of street hockey kept kids busy while waiting for Santa.

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    A game of street hockey kept kids busy while waiting for Santa.

  • Men sing Christmas carols at the Santa Claus Parade.

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    Men sing Christmas carols at the Santa Claus Parade.

  • Dancing Gabe leads the Santa Claus Parade on Portage Avenue Saturday night.

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    Dancing Gabe leads the Santa Claus Parade on Portage Avenue Saturday night.

  • A cheerleading squad shows off their stuff.

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    A cheerleading squad shows off their stuff.

  • Winnipeg Jets mascot Mick E. Moose was among the paraders.

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    Winnipeg Jets mascot Mick E. Moose was among the paraders.

  • Giant robot puppets made by kids at Art City make their way down Portage Ave.

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    Giant robot puppets made by kids at Art City make their way down Portage Ave.

  • One of the Art City robot puppets in the parade.

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    One of the Art City robot puppets in the parade.

  • A fire truck decked out in lights and decorations makes its way down Portage Avenue.

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    A fire truck decked out in lights and decorations makes its way down Portage Avenue.

  • An old Winnipeg Transit bus is covered in lights as part of the parade.

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    An old Winnipeg Transit bus is covered in lights as part of the parade.

  • A vintage Winnipeg police car was part of the parade.

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    A vintage Winnipeg police car was part of the parade.

  • The Winnipeg Police Service float featured the Grinch, who was safely behind bars during the parade.

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    The Winnipeg Police Service float featured the Grinch, who was safely behind bars during the parade.

  • Horses and their riders make their way down Portage Ave.

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    Horses and their riders make their way down Portage Ave.

  • A group of adults and children wave at Santa as he passes by.

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    A group of adults and children wave at Santa as he passes by.

  • Santa was popular with both children and adults as he and his crew made their way down Portage Ave.

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    Santa was popular with both children and adults as he and his crew made their way down Portage Ave.

  • Crowds along Portage Ave. greeted Santa with big smiles and lots of waving.

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    Crowds along Portage Ave. greeted Santa with big smiles and lots of waving.

  • Large crowds gathered in front of the Manitoba Hydro building.

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    Large crowds gathered in front of the Manitoba Hydro building.

  • Santa Claus and his float move past the MTS Centre on Portage Ave.

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    Santa Claus and his float move past the MTS Centre on Portage Ave.

  • Santa and his reindeer were looking good at the parade.

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    Santa and his reindeer were looking good at the parade.

  • Santa waves to all the good little girls and boys.

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    Santa waves to all the good little girls and boys.

  • A float lets off some pyrotechnics.

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    A float lets off some pyrotechnics.

  • Santa waves to the crowd in front of the Richardson Building.

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    Santa waves to the crowd in front of the Richardson Building.

  • Fireworks light up the night sky at The Forks following the Santa Claus Parade.

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    Fireworks light up the night sky at The Forks following the Santa Claus Parade.

  • A spectator takes a photo of fireworks set off at The Forks following the parade.

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    A spectator takes a photo of fireworks set off at The Forks following the parade.

Logan Bancroft, 5, and his sister, Asia, 4, wait on Portage Avenue for the parade to start.

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Logan Bancroft, 5, and his sister, Asia, 4, wait on Portage Avenue for the parade to start. Photo Store

Every float in the 104th annual Santa Claus Parade earned applause from the thousands of people lining Portage Avenue, but five were singled out for special honours.

This year's "Wow" award and the $500 prize for best in show went to the entry from Art City, the not-for-profit community art centre, which featured gigantic Styrofoam robots that were operated like puppets and drew gasps from the huge crowd as they marched up the avenue.

The "I" awards for most innovative and inspirational entries, which come with a $250 prize, went to Accurate Dorwin in the commercial category and MADD in the non-commercial category. The MADD float carried a sobering message -- a smashed-up vehicle to warn of the consequences of drinking and driving.

The "Ahh" awards for best combination of light and sound, which also carry a $250 award, went to Dynasty Bath & Kitchen in the commercial category and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate in the non-commercial category.

The almost 100 floats in the 90-minute parade were judged by a panel consisting of Global TV morning weather specialist Mike Koncan, Energy 106's Frankie Hollywood and Free Press humour columnist Doug Speirs.

The winning floats will be honoured at a special ceremony Nov. 28 in the gallery at Manitoba Hydro Place.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 18, 2013 0

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