Each year, the parade committee selects a local person that embodies the heart, spirit, and openness of the Christmas season and gives them the honor of beginning the annual celebration by blowing the whistle that begins a celebration of true joy. Though normally an elementary school child, the committee recognizes that very select, special individuals remain a child of wonder throughout their entire life and have the unique ability to possess within their being the very reason we celebrate this magnificent time of year. To honor that special spirit, the committee bestows upon them the title of Official Parade Starter.
Here is a list of the past Official Parade Starters:
2012 Butch Freels, Wendall Foster Campus
2011 Caroline Boarman, Southern Oaks Elementary School
2010 Boston Parisi, Maximilian Montessori Academy
2009 Kayla Mattingly, Majesty Academy
2008 Matthew Caldwell, Owensboro Catholic 4-6 Center
2007 Will Sims, Sorgho Elementary School
2006 Kylasa Martindale, Cravens Elementary School
2005 Kayelyn Kuphal, Highland Elementary School
2004 Tre Coates, Audubon Elementary School
2003 Krystyn Church & Kiefer Church, South Hancock County Elementary School
2002 Unknown. If you have information please let us know.
2001 Unknown If you have information please let us know.