The Junior League of Greater Lakeland, which has organized the Lakeland Christmas Parade for 35 years, announced eight awards after Thursday night’s parade:
Judges Choice: Bruce Wagner Elementary, whose float had a classroom theme
Best Professional Float: Medulla Baptist Church, which featured a nativity and singers
Most Outstanding Band: George Jenkins High School
Best Themed Float: Family Martial Arts Center
Most Original Float: Filipino American Association of Polk County, which combined an Aztec theme with a tiki hut and snow
Best Youth/Education Group Float: Churchwell Elementary, which depicted a campsite.
Best Community Float: Central Florida Athletics, which featured characters from the movie “Minions.”
Best Business Float: Geico, which featured a full-size gingerbread house.