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Victoria's annual holiday lighted parade Dec. 4 time for family, fun

By DAVID TEWES
Nov. 26, 2010 at 5:26 a.m.

Angels wave from their float during the Holiday Lighted Parade in downtown Victoria in 2008. Like last year, the parade will be held at the Community Center because of street construction downtown.

If you goVictoria's annual holiday lighted parade.

In front of the community center at 2905 E. North St.

6 p.m.

The community center, the Youth Sports Complex and the Stroman Middle School campus parking lot.

Everything from marching high school bands to businesses to the Texas Zoo plan to take part in Victoria's annual holiday lighted parade Dec. 4.

"It's going to be a great parade," said Doug Cochran, the city's director of parks and recreation. "You can get some hot chocolate, some good food and have a good family time."

Danielle Williams with the Victoria Parks and Recreation Department said she's expecting 20,000 to 25,000 people to attend what is typically the city's largest parade. It will be in front of the community center beginning at 6 p.m.

"Last year, we still had a pretty good turnout as far as patrons watching the parade," she said. "Even if it does get cold, I don't think it's going to deter anyone from coming out."

The parade has drawn the maximum number of entries allowed by the city, which is 120. That's up slightly from last year.

Parking will be allowed at the community center, the Youth Sports Complex and the Stroman Middle School campus parking lot. No on-street parking is permitted and the parade route will be closed to through traffic at 3 p.m.

This will be the second year the parade has been held near the community center. It was moved from downtown Victoria last year because of the street and utility construction.

Judges this year will be Cathy Lowe with the Children's Discovery Museum, Kevin Pfister with the Premier Sleep Disorder Center and Dorian Speed with the Macaroni Kid E-newsletter.

The masters of ceremony will be Rob Garrett and Evan Lyon with KIXS 108 FM.

There will be 10 vendors along North Street and at the corner of North and Ben Wilson streets selling hot chocolate, kettle corn, fajitas, funnel cake, hot dogs, sausage wraps and more.

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