For Hometown News
HOBE SOUND -- On Dec. 1 the streets of downtown Hobe Sound were lined with red and green garland, bows and bells, as well as more than 4,000 residents and visitors.
Businesses and store fronts were decorated and opened their doors to share holiday treats and entertainment.
The Mancuso Building on the south side of Bridge Road, transformed into a giant parade grandstand and judging station. All the hustle and bustle marked the beginning of the 27th annual Hobe Sound Christmas parade hosted by the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by multiple chamber members.
Families arrived early to meander through an art stroll that featured local crafters and artists. Dancensound DJ entertained the waiting crowd with holiday musical selections.
Floats and decorated vehicles created by local businesses, schools and organizations participated in the parade. Local middle and high school bands marched and played hit songs and children were able to meet Ronald McDonald, the Chick-Fil-A cow, Smoky the Bear and Santa Claus.
The parade judges watched the action from the grandstand and ranked their favorite floats. It was a hard task, but the judges discussed and considered each entry and awarded the trophies to the winners on Dec. 3.
The Hobe Sound Chamber would like to congratulate the following winners:
Most humorous: South Florida Karting Association.
Best marching: Anderson Middle School.
Most original: Coastal Paddle Boarding.
Best religious: Hobe Sound Presbyterian Church.
Best overall: Treasure Coast Irrigation/ Rood Landscape.
The chamber would like to thank all the participants, volunteers, chamber members, downtown businesses, residents and of course the parade sponsors for making it a great event.
Sponsors included: Treasure Coast Irrigation/ Rood Landscape, Bridge Boat and RV Storage, the Hobe Sound Soccer Club and Metz Construction Company.