Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Pritchett Christmas parade. Photo by Linda Baggett

By Rita Buckley, Pritchett Community Center

Everyone loves a parade.  Especially when it’s the Pritchett Christmas parade.  Rain or shine, residents from all corners of the community will flock to the Community Center on FM 1404 driving tractors, or buggies, and even riding on horseback to take part in the colorful cavalcade.  Not exactly a running start, but what the parade lacks in speed it makes up for in character.

The parade, will set off from the Community Center on FM 1404, located just east of Hwy 155 on Saturday, Dec 8 at 10:00 a.m. From there, the procession will head past the Church of Christ, turn right on Gage Road, another right onto Crabapple and then back around to the Community Center.  It’s a short route by design so everyone can get back to the yummy brunch awaiting them and a chance to visit with Santa.

No one remembers exactly when the first parade was held in Pritchett but everyone remembers that it’s a hoot and a great opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors which is why the Pritchett Community Improvement Corporation (PCIC) and the Volunteer Fire Department continue to make it a reality.

Cindy McMillan, PCIC president, reports, “The holiday spirit won’t end with the parade this year. We’re challenging everyone to ‘Light Up Pritchett’ in a holiday decorating contest.” Residents who want to compete for one of three prizes have to submit their name, address and phone to no later than 7pm on Dec 14.  Ms Angela Fielden, lighting specialist from Simply Floors and Lights in Gilmer will preside over the judging, Dec 17 – 19 and winners will be announced in a, ‘hot chocolate for everyone’ awards ceremony at the Community Center, Dec 21 at 6pm.  For a copy of the rules or more information send an email to the address listed or call the event chair, Mrs. Rita Buckley at 903-734-3073.