It was a brisk 36 degrees when Saturday's "Toys for Tots Southern Oklahoma Children's Christmas Parade" started... but Ardmoreites were prepared.
After being postponed a week due to icy weather, the parade kicked off — just past 10:30 a.m. — and rolled down Broadway and Main Streets through downtown Ardmore before a crowd of hundreds of people, all clad in their warmest attire.
It is December after all.
No one seemed to mind that they had to wait a week longer for the parade and aside from the nippy weather, conditions were good for the annual event. Children had smiles, floats were constructed with care and creativity and holiday cheer exuded from everyone as they marched into downtown.
"There's so many children in this parade, and it was really cold, but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves," said Joyce Davenport, finance chair of the parade.
This is the first time in 36 years that the parade was postponed from its original date. That affected some of the floats and other entries into the parade, but Davenport said it was still a good turnout considering.
"A lot of people asked off for last week and couldn't this week, but so many people's schedules were messed up because of the ice," she said. "We still had a good turnout and it was a lot of fun."
In addition to bringing Christmas cheer, those entered in the parade competed for bragging rights for the next year. The following are Saturday's winners:
Commercial (100 employees or more) —First Place: Michelin; Second Place: Dollar General; Third Place: OG&E
Commercial (100 employees or less) — First Place: Baldwin's Plumbing; Second Place: Sonic
Civic — First Place: Ardmore LIttle Theatre; Second Place: Harvey Angle
Church — First Place: Ardmore Indian Baptist; Second Place: Rawhide Cowboy Church; Third Place: First Baptist Church
Tractor — First Place: Murray County Antique Tractor Club
Riding Club — First Place: Rawhide Cowboy Church
Horse drawn — First Place: Charlote Lornes; Second Place: Stalhbush Snyder Lee Family & Friends; Third Place: Admont Oilfield Service
Antique Car — First Place: Emmit Hutchinson
Classic Car — First Place: Lew Thompson
Car Club — First Place: Jingle Jeeps
Youth, K-8th — First Place: SWAT (Community Children's Shelter)
Youth, mixed — First Place: Camp Fire; Second Place: Lake Country Girl Scouts; Third Place: Cub Scout Pack 33
There was one incident at the end of the parade, Davenport said, when a horse pulling a buggy with another horse stumbled and fell. She said the horse will be ne and no one was hurt.
"I'm happy we got to have it and I'm happy the rain held off," Davenport said. "It was cold, but it was a good year."