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Holiday parade winners announced
According to Kelly Uribe, a recent addition to the YVB staff who took on parade wrangler responsibilities just weeks after coming on board, the following entries won top honors in the 13th annual event:
- Mary Jane Allen Award for Best Depiction of Parade Theme: Ram Pest Management
- Best float - AV Youth Group
- Best vehicle - Yuma Community LowRiders
- Best animal - Love on a Leash
- Best walking/performing group - Glam Dance Team
- Dorothy Young Memorial Trophy for Best Performance by a Marching Band - Gadsden Elementary School District #32
"Honestly, everyone is a winner, especially Yuma residents and visitors who get to enjoy this fun, free event every year," Uribe said. "People really had fun with the 'Rock 'n' Roll Christmas' theme and there were a lot of clever variations on that."
"Those who knew her told me that Dorothy would have been delighted to see how this event has grown," Uribe added, noting that the 2015 parade had 90 official entries, which matched the record set in 2014. "And since the Gadsden band was one of the very first bands to join in, she'd be pleased her trophy is headed back to them."
Ron (left) and Paula Martin (center) of RAM Pest receive the Mary Jane Allen Award for Best Depiction of Parade Theme from Yuma Visitors Bureau's Fernando Zacarias (right).
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