Sabine Fire Department is both preparing an entry for the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade and hammering out the details for Liberty City’s celebration a little less than a week later.
The 87th annual event in Kilgore begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28. The following Sunday, the 30th annual event in Liberty City rolls out at 2:30 p.m. and heads south on Old Hwy. 135 from FM 1252.
“It’ll be the second year we’ve taken it over as a fire department,” SFD Chief Richard Sisk said this week. Promoting the Dec. 3 event through social media, “We’ve gotten a lot of feedback, so I think we’ll have a really good turnout.
“We’re definitely on track to do as many or more entries as last year, so that’s a positive.”
For 2017, the fire department and its volunteer supporters chose a “Christmas Around the World” theme. There’s no charge to enter the parade, open to bands, marching groups, floats, choirs, churches, decorated vehicles, antique and classic cars, civic clubs and more.
Among a handful of caveats: no ATVS, no dirt bikes and no extra Santas – the parade will feature one, official St. Nick.
All entries for the Liberty City Christmas Parade must be submitted by Sunday, Nov. 26. The application form is available at KilgoreNewsHerald.com and can be downloaded from the source at SabineFireDept.com/Christmas-Parade. It needs to be returned to sabineVFD@yahoo.com by Sunday (or mailed to 6144 Gateway Center, PMB 331, Kilgore, TX 75662).
Hopefully, Sisk added, the rain won’t be a factor this year: in December 2016, after the department took over the event as it was in danger of folding, wet weather forced the organizers to cancel their preferred date and move the event later by a week.
If the forecast is an issue next month, this year’s Dec. 3 event will be shifted to Dec. 10, same time and place.
Entries will once again be recognized with an array of awards including: Best Decorated, Best Parade Theme, Best Marching Unit, Best Vehicle, Best Religious Theme and the Grand Marshall’s Award (for best overall entry).