Humble Christmas parade preparations finalized
- Written by Kathy Parks
Santa Clause is coming to town At the Nov. 5 meeting of the City of Humble’s Christmas Parade Committee, members finalized preparations for the upcoming event. The parade will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. Floats and groups will begin assembling between 4 and 5 p.m. Committee members have been working to make it the best Christmas parade ever. Each year the parade draws thousands of visitors to what is billed as the “biggest, small-town Christmas parade” around. The committee members have been circulating applications for parade participation and reported that they have already received 11 or 12 back. Floats can be entered in a variety of categories and will consist of small businesses, large corporations, civic groups, organizations, schools, Scouts, etc. Prizes will be awarded in each category. The committee has planned entertainment by the Humble High School and Atascocita High School Madrigals. Santa will join the parade and “Hall of Fame” Coach Neil Quillin will serve as parade grand marshal. Committee members expressed a need to have Scout leaders touch base with their troop members to make sure each Scout knows his troop number. In previous years, this has not been the case, and many Scouts had trouble finding their group. The parade begins on Main Street by the railroad tracks and travels east to Avenue H. After reaching Avenue H, they turn left and begin to disband. At the meeting, committee members created and passed out red and green flyers promoting the light and decoration contest. Several members volunteered to take the flyers to the various streets in downtown Humble and encourage businesses and residents to participate in the “Historic Humble Christmas Lights and Decoration Contest.” Eligible areas include Main, Higgins and Grandberry streets. It also includes the area east of the railroad including Avenues A through G. Businesses and residents have a chance to win a prize for their decorations or holiday displays. Properties will be judged on Monday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Categories include commercial, retail, business, private residence and home. The various prizes include gift certificates, city ornaments, trophies and recognition at City Council and in the newspapers. Rules for the contest and entries in the holiday parade listed on the City of Humble Web site, www.cityofhumble.org. The next meeting of the Christmas Parade Committee will be held on Nov. 19 at City Hall, from 4-5 p.m. The meetings are open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend.