The Asheville Downtown Association today announced the winning entries for the 67th Annual Asheville Holiday Parade, held Saturday, November 23.
Entries were judged in four categories: civic/non-profit, cheerleading/gymnastics, dance and corporate/business. Judges included Esther Manheimer, mayor-elect; Manteo Mitchell, 2012 Olympic silver medalist; Tracey Johnston-Crum, Omni Grove Park Inn and Richard Handy, Director NYS3.
1st Place – Western North Carolina Down’s Syndrome Alliance
2nd Place – Folk Heritage Committee
3rd Place – Asheville on Bikes
1st Place – Salem Elementary School
2nd Place – Mountain Elite All-Stars
3rd Place – Viper Allstar Cheerleading
1st Place – Angie’s Dance Academy
2nd Place – Center Stage Dance Studio
3rd Place – Asheville Dance Theater
1st Place – Highland Brewing Company
2nd Place – Deerfield Retirement Community
3rd Place – Street Creature
“Participating in the Asheville Parade is truly a highlight in the holiday season for my faculty and students. It was cold, but once we started dancing we had a blast,” noted Angie Toomey of Angie’s Dance Academy.
The Asheville Holiday Parade and JingleFest are produced by the Asheville Downtown Association and sponsored by: Bojangles of WNC, Mission Health and Mission Children’s Hospital, The Grove Arcade, Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community, Asheville’s Fun Depot, TD Bank, Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville Scene, WNC Parent, Mix 96.6, Star 104.3, WNCW, 99.9 Kiss Country, 98.1 The River, WLOS/My 40, WNC magazine, The Laurel of Asheville, Aloft Hotel, Asheville Color & Imaging, Montford Park Players and Sisters of Mercy. The helium balloons are designed and built by Tony McKay of StarBound Entertainment of New Castle, PA.
About the Asheville Downtown Association (www.ashevilledowntown.org):
Founded in 1987 by a group of business owners, residents and city staff, the ADA remains committed to the preservation and improvement of the central business district through programming, civic support and annual objectives. As the voice of downtown residents, merchants and workers, the ADA advocates for policies and practices that will best help growth and preserve the quality of life in downtown. Annually, the organization produces events including Downtown After 5, the Asheville Holiday Parade, Oktoberfest, the State of Downtown Luncheon and the Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program. The Asheville Downtown Association Foundation carries out the altruistic goals of the ADA including the Spare Change for Real Change program.