City plans Lighted Christmas Parade

Laura Garcia By Laura Garcia

Nov. 13, 2017 at 8:06 p.m.
Updated Nov. 14, 2017 at 6 a.m.

A youth watches the Miss Victoria float as it passes by during a past edition of the Lighted Christmas Parade.

A youth watches the Miss Victoria float as it passes by during a past edition of the Lighted Christmas Parade.   Casey Jackson/cjackson@vicad.com for The Victoria Advocate

The Lighted Christmas Parade is almost here.

In less than three weeks, residents will be able to see Christmas lights on full display in downtown Victoria.

The annual holiday parade is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2.

As of Monday, there were 106 entries consisting of floats, vehicles, groups, marching bands and drill and cheer teams.

Jaymie Heibel, Victoria Recreation Services Manager, said Hurricane Harvey has not affected participation in the parade.

"I think it's just that people want to get back to normal," she said.

The parade route shows it will go down Main Street, across Church Street and back up Bridge Street.

Awards will be presented for Most Spirited, Best Use of Lights, Most Use of Lights, Most Creative, Best Sounding Middle School Band and Best Sounding High School Band.

Heibel said people from neighboring counties also come to watch and participate in the city's annual Christmas parade.

Families have watched together for decades.

Last year's parade was canceled because of stormy weather, causing an alternate parade to be organized by a community member. Walmart also displayed several floats in its parking lot for a free event after the cancelation.

Heibel said residents like the event because they want to see the creative use of lights.

The rules state vehicles and floats must have holiday lights.

"People like coming out and being part of the holiday atmosphere," she said.


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