The Polk County Wedding and Event Pros float, which which hosted a live wedding ceremony, won the Judges Choice Award.
An estimated 50,000 people came to watch the downtown parade, which included roughly 100 floats and marching bands.
Thousands will converge on downtown Lakeland Thursday evening for the spectacle of the annual Christmas parade and fireworks.
Every year, the city of Lakeland asks Christmas parade spectators to wait until at least the night before the parade to put chairs along the route, and every year their requests are ignored. This year the city says it’s going to remove or relocate some of the chairs.