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Freeman Health System Announces Parade Winners

December 04, 2019

Annual Christmas Parade Viewed by Thousands

Joplin, Mo – Thousands of children, parents and visitors to the city of Joplin lined the sides of Main Street to view the 49th Annual Joplin Christmas Parade, sponsored by Freeman Health System. More than 80 entries were part of the parade held Tuesday, December 3.

Winning entries were chosen by a panel of six judges including: Mayor Gary Shaw; Chamber President Toby Teeter; Dr. John and Vickie Cox; and Steve and Diana Graddy.

Float and Band Winners:

  • Best Use of Theme: Christ Community Church of Joplin for “Caroling Through the Ages”
  • Judges’ Choice: Twin Oaks Custom Cabinets for “Gingerbread Land”
  • Band: Joplin High School Eagle Pride Marching Band

Freeman Health System appreciates the support of more than one hundred employee volunteers who helped make the parade happen and is grateful for the turnout from business and community members who enjoyed the event.

Funds generated by the 2019 Joplin Christmas Parade will go to your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, which provides assistance to children from birth to 21 years of age in a 14-county area in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.



About Freeman Health System

Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2019, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report named Freeman Health System the Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri for 2019. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 70 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit