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churchill aims to show the "Magic of Make Believe"

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Nine new public school floats will be featuring magical moments, including North East ISD's own Churchill High School. The Battle of Flowers Association announced its 2014 Parade theme, “The Magic Of Make Believe” during the unveiling of nine new public school floats to be featured in next year’s Battle of Flowers Parade to be held Friday, April 25, 2014.

“A sense of wonderment will take a child's dreams and turn them into magic for them, their families and the inner child in all of us,” said Battle of Flowers President Anne Ballantyne.

Selected by their teachers and administrators to represent their high schools in the Battle of Flowers Parade, 54 young participants from Churchill, Cole, Highlands, Jefferson, Judson, Marshall, McCollum, O’Connor and Southwest high schools gathered to select a float and theme for the parade’s public school section.

Prior to the parade, selected high school groups were invited to attend the “Float Picking Party” where artist’s renderings of the colorful floats were revealed for the first time, along with each float’s theme. The Battle of Flowers Association underwrites all public school floats. A $300 stipend is awarded each school to assist with make-up and costume purchases.

The Battle of Flowers Association builds floats each year for the public high school section of the Parade. Each year on a rotating basis, schools are invited to participate with their student leaders, band, pep squad, and cheerleaders.

“In just six short months, these colorful creations will become three-dimensional, some more than 30-feet long,” said parade chair Terrie Musselman as she described the floats. “They will soar above the parade with dazzling décor and hundreds of colorful flowers that radiate in the summer sun.”

Public school participants dress in colorful costumes to reflect the theme of each float and entertain parade patrons with choreographed dance and performances.

Public School Floats chair Jimmie Balling gave students the chance to pull a giant card out of a magic hat with the themes Magic of Castles, Magic Under the Sea, Magic of Sweet Surprises, Magic of Space, Magic Under the Big Top, Magic of the Wild Wild West, Magic on the High Seas, Make Believe in Monsters and Make Believe in Superheroes corresponding to a number on float renderings. Each school was also given a song that fit the float’s theme.

The Magic Of Make Believe will transform civic, educational and commercial floats into rolling nursery rhymes with The Magic of Rhyming Words to include Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, London Bridge is Falling Down and There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.

Antique Cars, amusements, carriages and wagons will choose themes from the Magic of Storytelling with children's books. The hoofed horses with silver saddles and colorfully costumed riders forming the parade’s Cavalcade with march to the Magic of the Western Frontier. Military entries will feature the Magic of the Heroes of our Country and the Commercial Balloons will be Magic in the Skies.

Begun in 1891 as the only parade in the United States produced entirely by women, all of whom are volunteers, the Battle of Flowers Association has supported the educational, artistic, social and philanthropic achievements of our community’s youth with sponsorship of parade entries for area high schools, parade and band festival art contests, essay contests for area teens, collegiate oratorical competitions, band competitions and by affording nonprofit organizations the opportunity to raise funds for worthy causes with over 45,000 parade seats sold by charities along the parade route each year.

Posted on January 13, 2014