The Downtown Parade of Lights (or the "Christmas parade," if you're the type who boycotts Starbucks this time of year) is perennially one of the most family-friendly and diverse events in Athens, and this year was no different. Sure, there were a few hiccups—one of George Bugg's classic cars stalled out with Mayor Nancy Denson riding shotgun; a runaway camel that wasn't really feeling being dressed like a dinosaur—but in the end, a good time was had by all. Except this little girl:
This year's theme was "Rocking' Around the Christmas Tree." Enjoy a few of Flagpole photographer Nicole Adamson's shots from the Dec. 7 parade, and scroll down for a list of the winners.
Best overall float: Double Helix STEAM Academy
Best use of theme (corporate): Georgia Neurological Surgery & Comprehensive Spine
Best use of lights (corporate): Massage Envy
Most original (corporate) First American Bank & Trust
Best use of theme (nonprofit): Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
Best use of lights (nonprofit): Athens Area Habitat for Humanity
Most original (nonprofit): Athens Little Playhouse
Best use of theme (government/church/school): Compass Community Homeschool Group
Best use of lights (government/church/school): Clarke County Department of Family and Children Services
Most original (government/church/school): Athens Montessori School
Best performing unit (dance/gymnastics/martial arts): Barnett Shoals Show Stoppers Step Team)
Best performing unit (marching band/military): Williston-Elko Blue Fire Drum Line
Best performing unit (novelty): Barnett Tae Kwon Do Academy
Video of the parade is available here, if you want to further relive the magic.