Hundreds of people attend Winters annual Christmas parade
If you didn’t see a lot of people in most of the towns in Runnels County on Saturday, it’s probably because people were in Winters to watch the annual Winters Christmas Parade. The parade featured nearly 50 floats and other Christmas decorated vehicles as the crowd of more than 300 cheered on the participants.
The parade coincided with Winters’ Main Street Market Days, a monthly event hosted by Angela New, owner of Gypsy Threads, Tees & More, and other business owners. The spirit of Christmas was not lacking in this thriving city of industrious traders and citizens who created a renewed economy while other cities sink into the current economy. With 2 weeks before Christmas Day, many buyers were looking for the myriad of unique gifts offered by sellers and traders.
Excited vendors and youths waved along the parade route as others walked out of merchant stores to attend the party.
The Winters Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Winters have made every effort to bring a warm holiday spirit to this town of just over 2,000 people in west central Texas. The organizers could not have predicted a better day as the cloudless sky welcomed temperatures of 55 degrees and lots of sunshine. The atmosphere was optimistic, the families laughed and continued while watching the tanks go by.
The parade included a contingent of 6 young women riding white horses and carrying national and state flags. The Ladies and the Flags were a stunning sight atop their white mounts under a beautiful blue bird sky as they walked down the center of Main Street.
There were tanks near the pillars of Winters such as the Heidenheimer Department Store, North Runnels Hospital District, Winters Volunteer Firefighters, B&M Belew Farms, ZI Hale Gus Prusser Museum, and the Shriners, among others.
Many party floats were topped by Winters contestants Sno-Princess, Sno-Queen, and Sno-Flurry who waved and tossed candy at the dozens of people lining the street, many hoping to spot Old Saint Nick himself.
The parade began on N. Main Street to Novice Road, traversing the entire city before exiting on S. Main Street. It took about an hour from start to finish at a comfortable pace for everyone to have a chance to greet and smile at the people on the tanks. Even the Grinch noticed he was riding a bike, and it looked like he might have had a smile on his face.
Santa Claus appeared near the end of the parade, riding high in his sleigh, surely ticking off names on his Christmas lists as the children waved and laughed.