By CHERIL VERNON
The Palestine Christmas Parade of Lights will kick off the holiday season on Saturday with the theme “Christmas Melodies.”
“Our biggest parade of the year will feature Grand Marshal Scott Chesner, chief meteorologist for KETK NBC Channel 56 in Tyler, Dogwood Queen Karson Salmon, and a visit from Santa Claus himself,” said Palestine Visitor Center Event Coordinator Heather Hrebec.
The parade will start at the Anderson County Courthouse at 7 p.m. and make its way down Avenue A to Main Street, ending at the Palestine Visitor Center, where children can visit with Santa and the official Christmas tree of Palestine will be lit.
“This year's theme is Christmas melodies. So think of your favorite Christmas song and make sure it’s featured in the parade,” Hrebec said.
Check-in for the parade will be at the corner of Church and Crawford streets beginning at 6 p.m. Check-in is required for all participants.
To qualify for awards, participants must be registered with the Palestine Visitors Center no later than Monday. Awards for best entries will be given in the following categories: Band, Equine/Carriage, Automobile and Float. An award for overall best entry also will be given. Entries will be judged on theme, presentation of lights and overall appearance.
Awards will be presented at the Palestine Visitor Center following the parade. Floats will be directed to a designated parking area at the Farmers Market.
All entries must be lighted and no life-like Santa Claus will be allowed on any float. The City will provide an official Santa Claus for the parade.
For the safety of the public, parade participants are not allowed to throw candy or other materials from the entries before, during, or after the parade. Candy and other materials may be handed out along the parade route by those walking with the entry.
For entry forms, visit the Palestine Visitors Center, 825 Spring St. For more information, call 903-723-3014.
By CHERIL VERNON
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