Mee Memorial Healthcare System wins the top prize for its “Toy Story” themed float Dec. 1 in this year’s Lighted Christmas Parade in King City. (Mee Memorial Healthcare System)

Mee Memorial Healthcare System brought a little “Toy Story” magic to King City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s 24th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade last Friday, winning one of the top prizes for its float featuring characters from the Disney-Pixar animated film franchise as well as the message, “You’ve Got a Friend in Mee.”

Hundreds of families turned out to watch the festive parade downtown as it traveled along Broadway Street to the Town Square, where children could meet and take photos with Santa himself.

With the theme “Toy Trains and Candy Canes,” this year’s parade participants included the King City High School Marching Band, Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum, The Stage Hands, Lockwood 4-H, King City Blue Ribbon 4-H, King City Rotary Interact Club, Bitterwater-Tully School, King City Veterinary Clinic, L.A. Hearne Co., Fort Hunter Liggett Color Guard, Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez and local police and fire departments.

“Thank you to all the volunteers and everyone who participated in the parade!” stated the King City Chamber on social media.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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