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Chamber announces top floats in parade
Rock Chicks 2017 Parade Float
The Rock Chicks Color Bar float is in full swing during the 21st annual Illuminated Christmas Parade. The float won the Peoples Choice Award, which is new this year for the parade. - photo by Provided

The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and the Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced the first- and second-place winners for best float in three categories, as well as the new People’s Choice Award, from the 21st annual Illuminated Christmas Parade.

Parade floats were judged based on the organization status as nonprofit (Mayor’s Award), business (Chamber Award) or school entity (Superintendent Award). For the Mayor’s Award, the Hispanic Heritage Club won first place and the Hinesville Area Board of Realtors won second place.

The Chamber Award was presented to Ameris Bank for first place and Coastal Solar for second place.

First Presbyterian Christian Academy Board of Directors won first place for the Superintendent Award and second place was awarded to First Presbyterian Christian Academy Junior Cheerleaders.

A new award this year was People’s Choice, which is voted on by the more than 30 volunteers who came out in support of the parade. This year’s People’s Choice award was given to Rock Chicks Color Bar.

“Congratulations to the winners who worked so hard on these beautiful floats and as always thank you to the generous sponsors for their support,” said Leah Poole, CEO of the Liberty Chamber/CVB.

This year’s sponsors included the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority, Liberty Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Wal-Mart Super Center and McDonalds.

The parade has been held in Hinesville for the past 21 years and showcases businesses, groups and organizations from all over the county and surrounding areas. This event has previously attracted more than 15,000 spectators, is live streamed on WTOC and will be televised on Christmas Day.

For more information, please contact the chamber at 368-4445 or visit the website at

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