Audrain County area residents enjoyed the many sights and sounds during the Decorate Downtown Mexico, Mo. event on Saturday, November 23.
The event was highlighted by the holiday parade featuring several floats and special guests.
The first place plaque and a $100 prize was awarded to the Audrain County Courthouse float “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
Candy Cane Lane in Mexico finished second to win $50 and a plaque. Third place went to St. Brendan’s School, who won $25 and a plaque.
A large crowd enjoyed the parade featuring churches, Ronald McDonald, Santa Claus, the Mexico High School marching band, and more.
The Mexico Senior Center’s King and Queen were Charlie and Francis Thomas. A Cowboy Christmas Parade was also held.
A lighting ceremony was also held as holiday lights shine bright in downtown Mexico.
“I was so excited to see the crowd we had turn out for both the parade and the lighting ceremony,” said Chris Newbrough, head of the committee along with his wife Pearl. “We had really cold weather to deal with Saturday, but when I saw the crowd that turned out, that cold feeling was replaced by a warm one!! Thanks Audrain County for supporting us!!”
Newbrough said he really appreciated the lights downtown.
“It was so magical to see those lights come on!,” he added.
“And, the park, well the park lights turned out just like my wife and I envisioned it! It really is a Winter Wonderland! Now, all we need to make it extra special is some snow on the ground! Maybe Santa will listen this year and grant me my wish early!”