MSB-St. Cloud’s Hawaiian Holiday float was one of 40 that greeted 10,000 people at the St. Cloud Winter Nights and Lights Parade downtown on Saturday. The community event was sponsored by the Downtown Council and included a ceremonial tree lighting at the River’s Edge Convention Center as well as an after-party with Santa, a petting zoo, food vendors and live music.
Staff and students gathered early to decorate the float, dubbed a “Hawaiian Holiday,” with the slogan: Heat Up Your Career with a Degree from MSB. Associate Director of Financial Aid and Cardboard Artist Extraordinaire, Eric Hanson, created and painted the Pig Floyd which rotated on a luau spit as a centerpiece for the float. Kim Plombon, Director of Admissions, and her mother Ginger O’Brien manned the diesel truck which pulled the flatbed. Earlier in the month, staff decorated a window along the parade route with MSB banners and a Rudolf theme.
Adorned with straw hats and leis, the MSB volunteers handed out candy canes, fruit and chocolate candies along the route. Staff and students also recruited their families to join in the fun. MSB decorators and/or walkers included: Staff–Eric Hanson, Kim Plombon, Michelle Schreifels, Tami DeLand, Christine Jegers, Salle Crutaire, Nouphay Colberg and Holly Gazette; Students–Corey Ley, Irina LaPointe, Darin Kociemba, Sammie Kuhl and Maria Acevedo.
No snow, but a festive night to be sure!
Watch our float on the St. Cloud Times video: http://www.sctimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011112100039