Press Release—Wonderland of lights parade
NEWS RELEASE – CITY OF MARSHALL, TEXAS
MARSHALL LIONS WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS – PARADE EVENT
Re: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANNUAL MARSHALL LIONS WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS PARADE
SPONSORED BY EAST TEXAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
Rain or shine – the Annual Marshall Lions Wonderland of Lights parade will begin Saturday, December 6 at 6:00 PM in Downtown Marshall.
The parade is a major event during the Annual Wonderland of Lights and draws thousands of visitors to downtown Marshall to see approximately 90 parade entries which includes approximately 120 lighted cars, trucks, floats, bands, dance groups, and horses; capped by the arrival of Santa Clause and Mrs. Clause!
The Grand Marshall this year is George Smith – founder of the Marshall Wonderland of Lights Festival 28 years ago. His editorial sparked the birth of an event that has put Marshall on the map worldwide, and sparked the spirit of a small East Texas Town.
In keeping with the Wonderland of Lights theme this year – “Return to Wonderland of Lights,” the parade route will revert to the previous parade routes – Starting on Bolivar next to the Old City Hall – westward on the Square – northward on Wellington, eastward on Burleson, southward on Washington, eastward on the Square to East Houston, where the parade ends.
Lighted entries will be judged for trophies for:
· Best Marching Band
· Best in Dance (groups)
· Best Lighted Car
· Best Lighted Truck
· Best Lighted Entry Overall
· Best in Theme (Return to Wonderland)
· Most Unique Entry
· Best Equine/Horse
· Grand Marshal’s Award
Come downtown Saturday night, enjoy a night with the family by watching the parade, ice skating on the only “outdoor” ice rink in the region, taking a horse drawn carriage ride, take in the view of hundreds of thousands tiny lights, and enjoy the holiday music featured in Telegraph Park on North Washington by the Wiley Choir!
More Wonderland information (including parade route – parade entries – parade entries lineup locations and other Wonderland events and schedule) is available on the City of Marshall webpage at: www.marshalltexas.net
Parade Judges this year will be James Kinnard (Keep Marshall Beautiful), Jerry Pye (Marshall News Messenger), and Past City Commissioner, Charles Olivar.
J. C. Hughes, Public Services Director - 903-503-4503 (cell)