PALESTINE — What better way to usher in springtime than with cream-colored flowers and rock-and-roll beats?
The 76th Annual Dogwood Trails Festival is set to do just that while welcoming the dogwood season from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 22 in historic downtown Palestine.
The parade will start at 10 a.m., kicking off this year's festival theme of “Get Your Kicks on Loop 256” – a nostalgic '50s and '60s road trip. From there, festival highlights will include live local music and entertainment, a smattering of arts and crafts, a beer garden, Kids Zone and much more.
The parade will feature an array of floats, cars, creatures and bands, starting at the Anderson County Courthouse and traveling down Avenue A. The procession will turn right onto Main Street and end at Main and Howard Streets.
A $300 prize will go to the best overall float. First, second and third place trophies also will be awarded in categories of individual, business and organization, respectively.
Judges will be stationed in front of the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce office, located at 401 W. Main St., who will judge for theme, continuity, originality and enthusiasm.
Marc Mitchell, executive director of the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce, said he is looking forward to parade entries.
“I think we're going to see a lot of creative and fun floats centered around the theme this year,” he said. “I think it's going to be a great parade.”
Groups interested in participating in the parade should contact the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce at 903-729-6066 or download an application on the website at www.texasdogwoodtrails.com.
Saluting parade participants as they pass, more than 90 arts, crafts and food vendors will hang out downtown from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering everything from candles to jewelery to sugar-dusted funnel cakes.