On Friday, December 5, The Lions Club Parade will march through Sulphur Springs to celebrate this year’s Christmas season. This year’s parade will be containing veteran volunteers as well as several local and influential organizations. The parade will be broadcast live on KSST 1230 am and replayed at a later date on Suddenlink Cable channel 18
“Carriage House Manor is one of our sponsors, they usually put on a pretty good float,” Lion Club organization committee member Garret Glaess said. “They have the hay bales and the rocker-ettes out their, which is always nice and everybody enjoys that one. Discount Wheel and Tire always do well and their theme changes every year. I believe I’ve heard about a Grinch theme out of them.”
Along with volunteers and local businesses, churches will be taking part as non-profit organizations. They will be bringing the more solemn side of Christmas with them.
“The churches always do amazing floats,” Mr Glaess said. “Christmas is a Christian holiday and these churches do a very good job on that aspect of the parade. So we get the fun side of the holidays and then we also get the somber side of the Christmas season as well.”
Local and surrounding high school will not be absent from this year’s parade. A new change this year, however, will be the new competition to houses along the parade route with monetary and item rewards for winners.
“The downtown business alliance has put on a contest down Connolly street, up Church street, and back down Houston street and Gerald Prim,” Mr Glaess said. “The Downtown Business Alliance is trying to get those houses lit up to help bring people downtown as well as support the Sulphur Springs community. ”
The Downtown Business Alliance will also be featuring attractions on the Celebration Plaza such as real White Lions, giant snow slides, and more. With the cooperation of organizations, churches, schools, and the Downtown Business Alliance, this year’s Lion’s Club Parade promises to be a cut above the rest.