Boy Scout Troop 319 served as color guard and led the Arp parade Monday night, Dec. 4. Spectators had gathered early to find the perfect spot to view the parade. Ashley Hembree acted as master of ceremonies for the parade and played Christmas music for those gathering prior to the event.
One attendee, Amy Lee said her family comes to the parade every year. She was present with her fourth grade daughter Lizzie and said another daughter, Abby, would be in the parade with the band playing trumpet.
Marching in the parade were the 100 member Arp ISD Band, Arp 4H and the Ultimate Twirlers who performed a routine for the crowd.
Several floats were part of the parade including one from Ohana Pools, entered by Stephen Ihlenfeldt. It may not be all that surprising to native Texans that the weather during the parade was actually more suitable to swimming than sipping cocoa while wrapped in blankets.
Other floats included ones from the Masonic Lodge, Arp Junior High football, American State Bank and Long Ears for Christ. Vehicle entries included a truck with the mayor and city council, a few classic vehicles, a four wheeler entered by Nikki Moses, the Powder Coat Mafia vehicle and two fire trucks.
The junior high cheerleaders rode on the first truck and the high school cheerleaders, along with special guest Santa Clause rode in the second fire truck.
The trucks were followed by the last parade participants, the Diamond S Riding horses. At the conclusion of the parade, spectators were invited to visit the city park and attend the tree lighting ceremony and take pictures with Santa.
Many residents were on hand to witness the tree lighting and to take advantage of the opportunity to have their children’s pictures taken with Santa. Several vendors were also in the park hoping to sell their goods to holiday shoppers.
Cash Allen, 4, the son of Jennifer and Laramie Allen, had the honor of lighting the Christmas tree in the park.
“The principal of the elementary choose him,” parents Jennifer and Laramie said of how Cash had been picked for the job.