Mount Pleasant, other local towns host Christmas parades

Those who attended the 27th Annual Mount Pleasant Christmas parade were treated to a wonder of Christmas. Hailed as one of Northeast Texas’ largest Christmas parades, the City of Mount Pleasant and Rotary Club’s annual parade was held Dec. 1 in conjunction with Christmas on the Square activities.

Local businesses, clubs and organizations as well as schools and individuals participated in the festive, lighted parade by decorating cars, trucks and floats. This year’s theme was ‘The Sounds of Christmas”.

From marching bands to the Shriner’s Mustang Patrol to Christmas kings and queens, boats, dancers and of course Santa Claus, the parade featured over 150 entries and thousands to witness the event. Prizes were given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place floats as well as for vehicles.

“This parade has always been a gift to the community and not a fundraiser,” parade chairman Amy Hinton said. “Any monies made go back into the parade. It’s Rotary’s way of putting service above self.”

For more information on awards and winners from this year’s parade, contact Amy Hinton, parade chairman at (903) 575-4000 or ahinton@mpcity.org

Other parades that have already happened this Christmas season include Pittsburg, Leesburg, Daingerfield and Omaha. Hughes Springs will host its Christmas parade Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. and Lone Star will hold its annual event Dec. 10 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Pictured is Ester Smith of TradeMark Mortgages, center, and her North Pole helpers. Smith also appeared in the Daingerfield parade. Press photo by Sonya Roberts-Woods