CHRISTMAS LIGHT PARADE WITH A TWIST FRIDAY DEC. 1
As the season of giving approaches, the Sulphur Springs Lions are making plans for a bigger and brighter Christmas Light Parade.
The Tenth Annual Sulphur Springs Lions Club Christmas Light Parade presented by Carriage House Manor will be held in downtown Sulphur Springs on the evening of December 1st at 7:00 PM. As the city lights go out, the parade entries, which are required to be lit up with working Christmas lights, will bring Christmas cheer to those lining the parade route.
This year the Lions are beginning a partnership with the Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association and the Sulphur Springs Law Enforcement Association to gather toys for the Blue Santa Program. Blue Santa collects and distributes toys to needy children in Hopkins County. The Help Blue Santa Build His Float project is an effort to collect toys to kick-off the annual Blue Santa Toy Drive. The Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association will have an empty truck in front of the county Courthouse and will enter an empty trailer into the parade. The community is encouraged to bring a toy or a financial gift to the parade to donate to the Blue Santa Program. Donations can be made either on the truck in front of the Courthouse or will be picked up along the parade route and placed on the empty trailer. “We felt that we should use the parade platform to benefit a great cause that corresponds with our beliefs and values as Lions to help children in need.” stated Lions Club President Tom Miller.
The Lions Club would like to give a special thanks to Carriage House Manor for being the title sponsor of the parade. Other parade sponsors include, Alliance Bank, City National Bank, Farmers Electric Cooperative, Brian Toliver Ford, and Jay Hodge Chevrolet.
Entry forms for the Lighted Christmas Parade can be picked up at any sponsor location or at the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce. The deadline to enter the parade is Tuesday November 28th.
The Sulphur Springs Lions Club meets at noon on Tuesday at Pizza Inn at 1320 Mockingbird Lane. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Sulphur Springs Lions Club visit a club meeting or like them on Facebook.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with nearly 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at www.lionsclubs.org.
Entry Information and Rules for 10th Annual Lions Club Christmas Light Parade
Presented by Carriage House Manor
Every Entry must be decorated with working Christmas lights.
Any vehicle that does not adhere to this rule will be removed from the parade line-up.
WHEN: Friday December 1, 2017 (Bad weather makeup December 2, 2017)
ROUTE: Begin at Buford Park and go east on Connally Street to the Square, left onto Church Street and left at Houston Street ending at Gerald Prim Stadium parking lot.
TIME: Line-up begins at 4:00 p.m. at Buford Park. The parade begins at 7:00 p.m. All entries must be in the parade line-up by 6:30 p.m.
AWARDS: Award announcements will be sent to the local news outlets and will be formally presented by the Lions Club.
ENTRY FEE: 1 Toy to be donated to the Blue Santa Program
Registration must be received by 12:00 noon Tuesday November 28, 2017. There is no entry fee, but if you would like to make a donation make checks payable to the Sulphur Springs Lions Club.
Categories will continue as we have had in the past: Large Business, Small Business, and Non-Profit Organizations/Churches.
Entries will be accepted as long as it adheres to the below rules.
All entries will be given a number to be placed on the driver’s door of the float at the time of line-up at Buford Park.
ALL ENTRIES must be MOTORIZED or able to keep up with parade speed and DECORATED IN WORKING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS to participate in the parade, and not to exceed 13’ 6” tall. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS!
The Lions Club reserves the right to make final determination on parade entrant category.
No candy or other items are to be thrown from the vehicle or the parade entry or handed out during the parade.
NO SANTAS OR MRS. CLAUSES! There is only one official Santa and he makes his appearance at the end of the parade. Any entry with a live Santa or Mrs. Claus will be asked to withdraw.
Name of Organization: _______________________________________________
Contact Person: __________________________ E-Mail: ___________________
Mailing Address: ___________________________________________________
City: ______________________ State: ________ Zip Code: ________________
Phone # Day: _________________________ Evening: _____________________
(Commercial or Non-Profit) (Theme of Entry/Car/Float, etc.)
**Please consider using toys that can be donated to the**
Blue Santa Program to help decorate your float.
I understand the following:
The Sulphur Springs Lions Club, the City of Sulphur Springs, or any organization or volunteer associated with the 10th Annual Christmas Light Parade, is not responsible for any personal injuries or property damage that may directly or indirectly occur as a result of participation in the Parade.
For the safety of spectators, candy or any items are not to be thrown from a vehicle or float and/or handed out during the parade. If found in violation, the parade entrant will be removed from the parade. An entrant that is removed from the parade will forfeit any award that may have been earned.
Print Name Date
Please mail registration form to:
Sulphur Springs Lions Club
C/O Michael Boles
1133 Mockingbird Ln
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
For questions or further information, please contact:
John Campbell (903) 439-6734