Many Malden organizations get in the Christmas spirit and sponsor events or enter floats in the parade.
The Chamber Maids, the Bootheel Youth Museum, RSVP, AmeriCorps, SADD, and the Malden Nutrition Center all assisted in the morning event held at the youth museum at which children could have their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, eat breakfast, shop for their parents' Christmas gifts, or make art projects.
Shortly afterward, the Malden Chamber of Commerce sponsored the annual Christmas parade. This year's theme was "The Magic of Christmas". Many churches and businesses decked their floats with tinsel and lights and made their way down the city streets. This year's floats were considered by many as extremely creative and merry.
Despite that sentiment, the judges can only pick one first place winner. This year's trophy went to AmeriCorps, who presented an interactive How the Grinch stole Christmas themed float in which the Grinch actually attempted to steal presents from those watching the parade.
Second place was awarded to the Malden United Pentecostal Church. Their float displayed a large gift that presented Baby Jesus inside explaining that He was the real gift of Christmas.
Malden's MSH Clinic was awarded the spirit award.
Band awards went to Malden School, first place, and Clarkton School, second place.
Some of the crowd favorites were the Peanut Gang represented by First State Community Bank, the antique cars, and the larger than usual amount of horses trotting along.
The Christmas spirit appears to be alive and well around these parts and is expected to increase as more activities such as school concerts, church cantatas and plays, as well as community events occur throughout December.