Christmas on the Coast rings in the holiday season for Port St. Joe

Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 09:18 AM.

Team Chili Chili Bang Bang won $50 for their spirit and promptly donated it back to the JSL.

At the end of the day, team Chillin’ at the Dunes possessed the most tickets, meaning most bowls of chili sold, and received the People’s Choice Award. They also donated their winnings to the JSL.

“This Chili Cook-off wouldn't have been a success if it weren't for the help of my co-chair Jessica Brock and JSL president Michelle Perrin,” said Rhodes. “It was a great location and everyone seemed to have a great day. Thank you for everyone's support to our league, it is greatly appreciated.”

Live music for the event was provided by Konkrete Soul on the Haughty Heron stage.

As dusk rolled over downtown Port St. Joe, holiday lights supplied by the Merchant’s Association illuminated the trees up and down Reid Avenue in preparation for the annual Christmas parade.

“The goal this year was to get more businesses involved,” said Chamber of Commerce director Paula Pickett. “We were successful in that. Last year we had three businesses and this year there were 14 who participated.”

More than 50 floats spread holiday cheer and candy as they coasted down the street. Holiday lights shone and Christmas tunes blared as the Port St. Joe school band, followed by the Boy Scouts, myriad classic cars and golf carts of every shape and size.

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