GALLERY: Festival of Trees Parade 2016

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — Despite the chill in the air, the Festival of Trees parade was held Saturday morning, Nov. 19, in Davenport. On Friday, it was decided the big balloons wouldn’t be used in the parade due to the high winds.

Best Holiday Cheer: KinderCare
Best Marching Band: St. Ambrose
Best Musical Performance: Metro Youth
Best Specialty Unit: SideSteppers
Best Balloon Handlers Costumes: City of Bettendorf
Best Float: Polar Express
Best Theme: Santa (with Dr. Peppers Auto)

The Festival of Trees opened to the public just before the parade started, and will be open through Sunday, Nov. 27 (closed on Thanksgiving day) at the River Center. For hours, ticket prices and Santa appearance times, visit their website at

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