One of three nativity scenes wins Christmas parade float category

December 10, 2018 GMT

NEEDLES — Calvary Chapel Mohave along Plantation Road in Mohave Valley won the top award for float entries in this year’s lighted Christmas parade.

The traditional parade along Needles’ main street follows the Holiday Fun Fair on the first Saturday of December.

The Needles High School Mighty Marching Mustang Band won first place for group entries; A Toe Truck took the win in the decorated vehicle category.

Altogether there were 19 entries in the parade. Needles Girl Scout Troop 238 and Tri-State Community Healthcare Center filled out the group category.

Needles’ Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2599 and Auxiliary, Palo Verde College, the Needles Field Office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Band, Set Free Church, Needles Grace Lutheran Church, Santa and Mrs. Claus joined Calvary Chapel in the float category.

Both the Eagles and Grace Lutheran floats had nativity scene themes while Set Free’s float carried their distinctive lighted cross.

There were two entries from Verde Shores: Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and Frank and Chris Aiello, in the decorated vehicle category.

Others included Needles Regional Museum, adding a bit of humor with their 1954 Ford convertible; Needles Unified School District, Janice Hinkle, Colorado River Medical Center and California Highway Patrol Officer Joe Medina and his family.