LIHUE — Hundreds of people took a break from the frenzied post-Thanksgiving shopping to enjoy the parade of floats and holiday revelers, including corps of canine at the Kauai Christmas Parade presented by the Garden Island Federal Credit Union, the Kauai Teachers Federal Credit Union, and the Kukui Grove Center.
Na Hoku O Kauai pageants had their bevy of beauties clad in colorful holiday garlands to take top honors in the Marching Unit judging followed by the Lihue Red Raiders Pop Warner Association featuring its Mitey Mite division champions. Kauai Animal Welfare Society rounded out the judging leaders.
The contingent of holiday-themed classic cars topped the Vehicle Unit judging followed by the Miss Kauai USA/Miss Kauai Teen USA and its associated bevy of beauty queens, and Stu Burley powered his American Legion Post 54 truck to third place.
With Times Supermarket being on the parade route, its walkers and vehicle topped the Vehicle and Marching Unit judging followed by the newest Lion Club, The Kauai Lions Club who had Past District Governor Kelvin Moniz joining the fun. The Kauai High School cheerleaders, unleashing a confetti storm in front of the judges’ stand, rounded out the judging.
Kalaheo School Sunshine Express provided an abbreviated version of its “A Dickens of a Christmas” show which starts its run on Dec. 6. An illuminated version of the train will be part of the Lights on Rice holiday parade Friday.
They were followed by the Dog Fanciers of Kauai in the Vehicle, Marching, and Talent judging with the Waimea High School JrROTC rounding out the class judging.