Lions Club Annual Christmas Parade scheduled for Dec. 1

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov 23, 2007 - With the cooler temperatures and Thanksgiving weekend also come thoughts of Christmas, and what better way to officially kick off the season than the annual Lions Club Christmas Parade?

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Floats, kids and candy are always the highlights of the annual Lions Club Christmas Parade, scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

�As is custom, the parade will take place the first Saturday in December. The Christmas parade will depart from Buford Park beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and follow the traditional route down Connally Street, then turn right onto Gilmer Street as it passes the square. The procession will end on South Broadway Street at Lee Street.

�All are welcome to participate in the parade, with the exception of 4-wheelers, which will not be allowed for safety reasons. Those planning to ride in the parade are asked to be at the park at 9 a.m. in order to get lined up and be ready to roll at 10 a.m.

The parade will feature the usual pageant winners as well as themed rides sporting children, adults, local dignitaries, and entries from various clubs and organizations such as Boy Scouts.

Awards and trophies will be presented to eight parade entries. Although there are no set categories, those which are really exceptional and eye catching generally go home with awards.

The Lion's Club does ask that participants follow a few simple guidelines to make the parade move along more smoothly.

Candy may be thrown from rides, but pamphlets, fliers, tracts and other items of that nature should not be thrown. Also, when tossing candy to children, please try to throw it on the curb or sidewalk and off the street to prevent tempted youngsters from dashing into the busy road to retrieve their tasty treasures.

�Also, Santa once again will be making a special appearance atop Hopkins County Historical Society's recently restored antique fire truck. So as not to confuse the children enjoying the view from parking lots and drives along the route, St. Nick's helpers are asked to refrain from donning any red suits like his, aside from Blue Santa,

�Should anyone desire to ride horses in the parade, they will be asked to enter at the end of the procession out of courtesy to others.

For more information about the Annual Lions Club Christmas Parade contact McGrady at 885-7571.

Although not part of the parade, as a special treat while in town, Santa has agreed to sit for pictures Saturday morning, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon in the lobby of City National Bank’s downtown location. Those visiting Santa are asked to bring canned goods, which CNB and Santa will be donating to the local Northeast Texas Food Bank.

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