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Best floats in 2016 Christmas parade announced
The Hispanic Heritage Club won first place in the Mayor's Award category. - photo by By Lawrence Dorsey

On Tuesday, the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and the Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the first and second place winners for best float in three categories from the 20th Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade.

Parade floats were judged based on the organization status as non-profit (Mayor’s Award), business (Chamber Award) or school entity (Superintendent Award). The Hispanic Heritage Club won 1st place Mayor’s Award and Connection Church won 2nd place. The Chamber Award was presented to Ameris Bank with 1st place and Rock Chicks Color Bar Salon with 2nd place. Savannah Technical College Liberty Campus won 1st place Superintendent Award and 2nd place was awarded to Button Gwinnett Elementary School.

"A huge congratulations to the winners and 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, Stop N Stor, Palmetto School of Career and Development, GeoVista Credit Union, the Liberty CVB and Savannah Technical College.

The parade has been held in Hinesville for the past 20 years and showcases businesses, groups and organizations from all over the county and surrounding areas. This event has previously attracted over 15,000 spectators, is live streamed on the Coastal Courier website and on WTOC and will be televised by WTOC on Christmas Day.

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