By BRAD KELLAR
The annual downtown Greenville Christmas Parade, with the theme of “A Storybook Christmas”, will take place starting at 7 p.m. tonight.
Pre-parade music, starting at 6 p.m. will be offered by the Phoenix Charter School on the north Steps of the Hunt County Courthouse.
The grand marshal for the parade will be 2011 Greenville Worthy Citizen Al Swanson.
Dozens of vehicles, marching bands, floats and equestrian entries will begin the parade at the corner of Bois D’ Arc and Lee Streets; then travel west on Lee Street; south on Wright Street; east on Washington Street and finish at Stonewall Street, turning south to exit downtown.
One float in the parade is being dedicated to assisting the less fortunate in the community have a better Christmas.
The Hunt County Gives program also hoping to “Fill The Float” during the parade. Those attending the parade are being asked to bring a bag of canned goods. Volunteers will collect the bags from the crowd and place it on the Hunt County Gives Float as it proceeds through the parade.
Santa Claus is scheduled to conclude the parade, and will be showing off a brand new and elaborate float. Santa has told the Herald-Banner that he, Mrs. Claus and the elves have stocked up on three times as much candy as in previous years, which will be distributed from the float as it makes its way along
Plaques will be presented for the Grand Marshal’s Award for First Place overall, the Mayor’s Award for Second Place overall, the Parade Theme Award, the Spirit of Christmas Award and the Automobile Award. No entry fee is required to participate in the parade; however all entrants must be pre-registered at www.ci.greenville.tx.us/parade.