The Wildcat Den will bring back fond memories of poodle skirts, bobby socks, rolled up jeans and 25-cent hamburgers since the Den is where Charles Bender High School students “hung out” after school. Wildcat Den is the 17th limited edition 2021 Christmas ornament and can be bought at City Hall and at the Humble Museum.

Lake Houston is eager for a Christmas parade and the City of Humble is about to deliver.

At least 100 floats, walking groups and vehicles will march down historic Main Street beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7.

“This has been a tradition in Humble for 30 years. Yes, this is our 30th anniversary,” said Gwen Willis, who is spearheading the festive event along with members of Humble’s Beautification Committee.

“Our theme is ‘Rock ‘n Roll Christmas which should allow for some very creative and merry floats and walking groups,” said Willis. “The Humble High and Summer Creek High Madrigals will be with us downtown singing prior to the parade and getting our spectators into the Christmas mood.”

After the parade, Mayor Norman Funderburk and the Humble City Council will light the Christmas tree and kids of all ages can meet Santa.

“This is one of the largest ‘small town’ parades in our region,” said Willis.

Two years ago, the last time the parade was held, the estimate was more than 8,000 spectators lining Main Street.

“Looking at the aerial photos, we could see people five to seven deep, all down Main Street,” said Willis. “It was amazing.”

Willis expects another great crowd and another 100 businesses, organization and walking groups joining parading down Main Street and led by Grand Marshall Helen Smith, longtime Humble business owner.

There is a change to the parade route this year.

“We want our spectators to be and feel safe. We needed more room for our spectators to spread out, so the parade will begin at Railroad Avenue and Main Street and proceed all the way to South Houston Avenue,” said Willis. “That will allow our spectators to position themselves along several extra blocks, and it will allow our groups, bands and floats to turn right onto South Houston and unload or dismantle at the Civic Center.”

Lake Houston residents also are eager to buy another treasured Christmas tradition, the Humble Christmas ornament.

“The 2021 ornament is number 17 in the series and features the Wildcat Den on Avenue C just north of Main Street,” said Willis. “The structure was a residence, antique shop and, most recently, a record shop, but many longtime residents remember it as a café, popular with kids who attended the old Bender high school. The city recently purchased the building.”

The 2021 ornament is number 17 in the series which began in 1993 featuring a print of the late Dr. Haden E. McKay, local physician and city mayor.

The 17th limited edition of the City of Humble Christmas Ornament, “A Rock and Roll Christmas – 2021,” can be bought for $10 at City Hall or at the Humble Museum. Proceeds benefit the Humble Beautification Committee.

This year’s judges are Scott Brady with Joiner Architects, Jennifer Wooden of the Humble Civic Center and Bender Performing Arts Center, and Millie Garrison of Humble Area Assistance Ministries.

The Humble Beautification Committee includes Gwen Willis, Fidel Martinez, Arliss Bentley, Margie Parker, Susan McDaniel, Councilperson David Pierce, Diane Pierce, Dr. T. Braddick, Margaret Jo Byron, Sharon Mittag, Lois Bean, Darlene Ward, Councilperson Paula Settle, Councilperson Bruce Davidson and Chris Green.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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