Big crowd for a big night
The annual Callithumpian parade was held under mild October skies Monday evening as characters of every description wound their way through the spectator-lined streets of Decatur for nearly 90 minutes.
The top three floats in the parade, as named by the Callithumpian Committee, were: first place, Decatur Daily Democrat; second, United Steel Workers Local 715; and third, Decatur Veterinary Hospital.
The Service Award was given to Miller Tyme Music, owned by Bill Miller. Several marching band awards were also recognized by the committee. Here’s how the bands finished;
Class A: first, Adams Central; second, South Adams; third, Antwerp, Ohio; fourth, New Haven; and fifth, Wayne.
Best music and best marching and maneuvering, Adams Central; best general effect, South Adams.
The Larry Reed Award, given in memory of a local man who was devoted to music and presented for the greatest effort, best motivation, and overall enjoyment of music and band participation, was won by the New Haven Marching Band.
Also following the parade, Mayor John Schultz gave a Key to the City to this year’s parade grand marshall, Eric Mann.