If you missed the Winters Light Parade this year, you missed a spectacular show. Hundreds lined the streets on a beautiful clear Autumn west Texas night to enjoy the light parade. The temperatures were mild but the parade wasn’t. It was a beautiful show of all that Winters has to offer.
The parade this year was longer than the ones in the previous 3 years and had several floats that were graced by young ladies of all ages from around the area.
The theme for this year’s parade was, “Winter Wonderland.” The parade featured “Winters Sno-royalty”, the Blizzards’ marching band, Samaritan House, Gus Pruser Agriculture museum tractors, North Runnels Hospital District, along with first responder vehicles from Winters and Wingate VFDs, among others; Suez Shriner’s carts, classic cars and floats from other local organizations also joined in the festivities. And, no parade would be complete without an appearance by ol’ Saint Nick himself.
There was even a Grinch. But this was the reformed Grinch. He drove around collecting non-perishable food items for the Samaritan House food pantry.
The festivities began at 10 a.m. with a tree-trimming party at the library and story time from 10 a.m. until noon. The library had an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Child Development Center hosted, “Pictures with Santa from 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the GPS Insurance Agency.
At noon, food trucks showed up along with other vendors as downtown shopping kicked off. The Winters Area Chamber of Commerce provided hot chocolate and refreshments at the Winters Welcome Center at 5 p.m.
The parade procession was a little over 30 minutes. It was led by the Color Guard who set the pace. Lights from the floats could be seen from several blocks away and the hundreds who showed up to watch the parade enjoyed the hard work of the entrants. The parade itself seemed to embody the Christmas spirit as young ladies and children from across the area waved at the people lining the streets.