SOURCE: Downtown St. Charles Partnership
The St. Charles Holiday Homecoming weekend concluded Saturday, Nov. 30 with the Electric Christmas Parade attracting more than 15,000 people along Main Street, the largest attendance on record.
Presented by the Downtown St. Charles Partnership and their sponsors, the parade culminated a weekend of complimentary holiday activities.
The Electric Christmas Parade featured Boy Scout Troop One as grand marshals, celebrating the troop’s 100 year anniversary, and also highlighted Mayor Raymond Rogina and St. Charles aldermen, Miss Illinois Brittany Smith, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. The weekend also featured the Lighting of the Lights ceremony, a holiday movie at The Arcada Theatre, sleigh rides, and visits with Santa, which continue from 1 to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday at First Street Plaza through Dec. 22, 2013.
A panel of judges helped select this year’s winning entries which follow:
Best of Show
First: The Filling Station
First: Cub Scout Pack #146
Second: Cub Scout Pack #251
Third: Lily Lake Daisy Troop #618
First: Youth Robotics & STEM Education Foundation
Second: St. Charles Breakfast Rotary
Third: American Cancer Society-Relay for Life
First: Fox River Harley-Davidson
Second: B & F Transportation
Third: Spare Wheels Transportation
The 2013 Holiday Homecoming sponsors included: Gold - BMO Harris Bank (Movie); Insurance through AAA (Lighting of the Lights); Kane County Chronicle (Santa House); Onesti Entertainment (Movie); STC Capital Bank (Santa Float); St. Charles Bank and Trust (Sleigh Rides); Silver - AHC Advisors, Inc. (Tug Boat); Delnor Express Care (Train Engine); Minuteman Press; and Bronze - Advanced Disposal (North HS Band); Autopractor, Inc. (Kane County Mounted Rangers); McGrath Honda (Miss Illinois); McNally’s Irish Pub (Silver Knights Baton Twirlers); Spare Wheels Transportation (Aurora Area Shrine Club); and The PrivateBank (East HS Band).
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