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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Hemet Christmas Parade winners named, Christmas Parade dinosaur decks Hemet City Council chamber


Last updated 1/17/2019 at 9:57pm

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This costumed dinosaur appears at the Hemet City Council to see San Jacinto School District community relations officer Dawn Lawrence receive a trophy for the district representing Habitat for Humanity's Fun Run winning the "Best Dedicated Walking Unit" for the December Hemet Christmas Parade. Councilmember Linda Krupa thanks the district along with Mayor Pro Tem Russ Brown and Councilman Michael Perciful.

A dinosaur, direct from the San Jacinto School District, haunted the Hemet City Council chambers for a short time Jan. 8 as the winners of 2018 Christmas Parade were presented trophies.

Stephanie Borders, 2018 Hemet Christmas parade chairman, made the presentations to the winners of the different categories, including the one that brought the dinosaur to the chambers honoring the San Jacinto School District entry presented as the "Best Dedicated Walking Unit" in the parade. The costumed dinosaur in the entry thrilled the thousands of children lining Florida Avenue anxiously awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. Where else could they shake hands or hug a dinosaur?

The district using the parade theme "Hits of the Silver Screen" had costumed students marching in the entry that was dedicated to Habitat for Humanity's 2018 Fun Run at the Diamond Valley Recreation Park.

Borders with members of the council presented the other trophies at during the meeting presentations. Winners and their categories presented trophies that evening were: Dartmouth Middle School for best middle school band; Second Life Car Club for the antique auto category; The West Valley NJROTC unit for best ROTC unit; the Hemet High School drama department for the best Silver Screen theme; San Jacinto High School for the best high school band; The Hemet Valley Baptist Church for the best entry representing the city history with their many farm tractors; Hamilton K-8 School for best visiting entry and first time in the parade; My City Youth for best city youth entry and Taqueria "Don Chava" for best animal entry.

Borders said the 2018 Christmas parade had more entries than any other in its history and praised all the entrants and thousands of people watching for their community spirit and support.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at [email protected]


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