The 60th Annual Adoration Celebration drew record crowds, according to a news release.

The parade adheres to a non-commercial policy with each of the 39 floats free of advertising and identified only with the name of the organization. There were 16 bands.

The extent of the Christmas celebration in Branson—with special shows in the theaters, special events and lighting at Silver Dollar City and the three area Christmas light drive-throughs—is one reason that Branson was included among seven destinations for the Travel Channel’s special, “Most Christmasy Places In America.”

The special airs on Dec. 10 at 7 and 11 p.m., Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 8 a.m. and 4 and 10 p.m.

Here are the 2008 Adoration Parade Float/Walking Unit Awards:


  1. Faith Life Church
  2. Purdy First Freewill Church
  3. First Baptist Church – Forsyth


  1. Girl Scout Troop 294
  2. Branson/Hollister Rotary
  3. Kiwanis of Stone County


  1. Sight & Sound Theater
  2. Camp Little Paws
  3. The Vacation Channel


  1. At Your Service Limousine
  2. Taney County Tire

2008 Adoration Parade Band Awards

Red (Fewer Than 40 Students)

  1. Blue Eye Marching Bulldogs
  2. Spokane Marching Owls
  3. Billings Wildcats

White (41-75 Students)

  1. Riverton Fighting Rams, Riverton, Kan.
  2. Strafford Flaming Arrows
  3. Fair Grove Marching Eagles

Blue (More than 76 Students)

  1. Joplin Eagle Pride

Drum & Bugle Corps

  1. Hillcrest Highlanders

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