December 20, 2015
Tulsa Christmas Parade presented by American Waste Control 2015 Entry Winners
This year’s Tulsa Christmas Parade presented by American Waste Control had an amazing turnout as thousands of families lined the streets of Downtown Tulsa and thousands more tuned in live on News Channel 8. The parade had over 80 entries, but three won recognition from the parade committee as the Most Old-Fashioned, Most Festive, and Overall Most Outstanding.
Most Old-Fashioned: Tulsa Public Schools
Tulsa’s first schoolhouse also known as “the mother of public education in Tulsa” was a simple, single-room clapboard building built in 1884. The Tulsa Public School’s Float honored that original school and included a 15 foot Christmas Tree of lights and wagon filled with gifts. Master Carpenter Mike Smith and Lead Carpenter James Yeldell along with their team spent weeks working on the float, and found ways to repurpose materials they already had access to.
“We were thrilled to hear of this year’s theme, an Old-Fashioned Family Christmas. The first school house in Tulsa was founded on the Tulsa Christmas Parade route at 4th and Boston. The parade theme really came full circle for us,” said AnnMarie Hayden the Assistant Director of Facilities.
Most Festive: Lawn America
The Lawn America float was a custom old time tree farm on wheels complete with 8 trees and over 10,000 lights. The float was a team effort that included 6 coworkers and over 160 team hours.
According to Chris Segraves, “Rodney Warlick and I had experience with Christmas tree farms growing up. We wanted to bring those experiences to life for Tulsa through a display of over 13,000 lights.”
Overall Most Outstanding: Central High School
This 40 member strong marching band, led by drum major Anthony Doyle, a senior at Central High School, helped Tulsa celebrate Christmas and captured the attention of the parade committee.
The Central High School Band is a Traditional Show Band that has been together for two years now.
Instructor Brandy Gildon said, “The new school leadership focuses on preparing these students for music at the college and career level by focusing on teaching how to read music, site read music, and memorization”. The band participates in field shows, as well as multiple competitions they have been proud to place first in. This is the largest the band has been in about a decade, which shows that the band program is growing and the students are excited to be a part of it.