Santa Claus rode in style atop the Big Sandy Volunteer Fire Department’s ATTACK 1 during the Thursday night Christmas Parade. He was guarded by his trusty elf, Randall Lucas, who was down right dapper in his Christmas suit (a sight that must be seen in person to fully appreciate!). But Santa wasn’t the only jolly soul in the parade. There were lighted motorcycles, jeeps, cars, and trains…even the horses were sparkling!
To begin the evening, he ALERT Academy color guard paid respects to our flags. Following were various dignitaries: Grand Marshall and owner of Two Rivers Grocery, Keith Langston; Miss Big Sandy, Taylor Dodez; Big Sandy Rotary Club President Jay Ratcliff; Chamber of Commerce Man and Woman of the Year, Rick Peterson and Lynda Childress; Fire Fighter of the Year Jose Rios; Police Officer of the Year, Manfred Gilow; and Educator of the Year, Tina Rosenbalm.
The award-winning Big Sandy Wildcat Band, Wildcat High School and Junior High cheerleaders were also featured, along with the New Beginnings Christian Fellowship train, motorcycles, classic cars, newcomers Tyler Area Chapter of the East Texas Jeep Collective.
After the parade, Mayor Sonny Parsons flipped the switch to light the City Christmas tree. Kids and adults visited with Santa at the Volunteer Fire Department while kids from the BSHS Spanish Club sold cookies and hot cocoa…perfect for the very chilly evening. Another perfect food for the weather was the chili served by the Wildcat Band Boosters.
Thanks to all who helped make this event so special! Merry Christmas!