BALTIMORE (WJZ) –Baltimore’s holiday season got off to a great start Monday morning. Hundreds of people turned out for WJZ’s 15th annual Mammoth Manic Monday Meltdown.

Ron Matz has more on the winners and the big celebration at Jimmy’s in Fells Point.

They hit all the right notes. The Manic Monday family and the Blast cheerleaders arrived early.

The crowd was pumped. Kids Peace and Baltimore County Head Start won Spirit Awards.

“That was more important than anything else. We really do have a lot of spirit, and that is key. We have passion and spirit to help our kids,” said Gina Seyfried, Kids Peace.

“It means a whole lot to us because we do a lot for children each and every day. We promote wellness and healthy eating. We’re very excited and can’t wait to come back next year,” said Kianna McKeiver, Y Baltimore County Head Start.

This is a uniquely Baltimore event. The WJZ family was ready.

“It’s a beautiful morning. It’s great to be celebrating all the people, organizations and businesses that make Maryland such a special place. We want to thank everybody for supporting WJZ over the past year and best holiday greetings to you and your family,” said Jay Newman, WJZ president and general manager.

Jacobsville Elementary School was crowned Manic Monday champion.

“These guys worked really, really hard for it. They had a blast doing it, and it’s an experience that they’ll never forget. The award will go in our showcase,” said Andrea Pirog, Jacobsville Elementary School.

More than 84,000 votes were cast on

Photo Gallery: 15th Annual Mammoth Manic Monday Meltdown

You can watch the whole Mammoth Manic Monday Meltdown here:

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