UPDATED: Thousands attend Mission Candlelight Parade

People packed First Avenue Friday night for the parade, which featured 75 floats

The star of the Candlelight Parade

The star of the Candlelight Parade



While around 11,000 spectators enjoyed Friday’s Candlelight Parade, the judges were busy critiquing each of the 75 floats that traversed First Avenue.

The seven judges had a difficult time given the work that so many entries put into their floats and many scores were fractions apart. The winners of the 28th Candlelight Parade are:

 

Commercial

1st: Fraser way RV

2nd: Fraser Valley Building Supplies

3rd: She’s my Florist

 

Non-Profit

1st: Parkside Church

2nd: Abbotsford Recycling

3rd: Rotary Clubs of Mission

 

School

1st: WJ Mouat Drags

2nd: Valley Christian School

3rd: Deroche Elementary

 

Individuals

1st: Mike Hopkins

2nd: Clydesdale Horses

3rd: Henry the Pickup

 

Marching band

1st: MEI Middle School

2nd: Royal Canadian Sea Cadets

3rd: Royal Canadian Air Cadets

 

Musical presentation

1st: Mission Hills Community Church

2nd: Stave Falls Scottish Dancers

3rd: Aerial Dance & Acro Academy

 

The VIP Contest winners, toasty in their red blankets, enjoyed the judge’s stand view with Grab-a-Java and Starbucks hot chocolate and Cobbs Bread cinnamon scones.

The Mission Chamber offers a special thank you to this year’s sponsors. Without their participation the parade would not be such a huge success, said chamber manager Michelle Favero.

For photos from the event, visit our Facebook page photo gallery.