Local parade-planners are putting their organizational skills to the test once again as they recruit entries for events in Kilgore and Liberty City.
At Kilgore Chamber of Commerce, there’s a little more than a month until the 89th annual Kilgore Christmas Parade rolls out at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. In the Sabine area, firefighters are getting prepped to get moving at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.
Kilgore’s event is picking up steam as individuals, businesses and organizations get ready to celebrate “The 12 Days of Christmas” theme for 2019, chamber president Jill McCartney said.
“We’re doing well. Lots of entrants. Lots of calls on it, lots of shares of it on social media,” she added, “so we’re excited for the event” and anticipating about 100 floats.
“We love that our parade here in Kilgore is touted as one of the best in East Texas, and we strive toward that every year.”
Applications for the parade are available in the chamber’s office at 813 N. Kilgore Street and online via tinyurl.com/89thparade. Entries are due by Nov. 27.
“There’s still lots of time,” McCartney said. “I think it’s just an opportunity for everybody to come together. It’s a great community event to have. Kilgore is a pretty special place: not everybody has a downtown that is shadowed by the World’s Richest Acre. It’s an opportunity for folks to shop or eat at the restaurants… We certainly hope that folks will come early or stay late and eat a couple of those places.
“It’s also a great way for folks to advertise their businesses. It’s a great community involvement gesture for some of those businesses who don’t have an opportunity to do so otherwise. It just brings everybody downtown, gets folks a bit more excited about Christmas and New Year’s.”
Sabine Fire Chief Richard Sisk and his crew have been accepting applications – available on the departments website at sabinefiredept.com – and entries are lining up for the free-to-enter event themed “My Favorite Christmas Carol.”
It’s the third year the parade has been spearheaded by SFD following the closure of the Liberty City Chamber of Commerce, and Sisk is hoping for an even more robust caravan than the one that rolled down Old Hwy. 135 last year.
“It was big,” he said, “almost 70 spots.”