Downtown Italy came alive on Saturday, December 6, for the annual Christmas Parade and Festival. There was something for everyone this year.
The parade kicked off at noon lead by Italy P.D. The National Guard presented the colors and Grand Marshall, Altha McNeely waved to everyone on the parade route. The parade also included several Italy High School groups including cheerleaders, softball and baseball players and the Gladiator Regiment Band. Pct. 3 Commissioner Paul Perry and Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown were here. Tae Kwon Do, Monolithic, Pizza Inn and the Boy Scouts were represented also. Jeanette Janek rode with her elves. The Central Baptist Royal Ambassadors also participated.
One of the highlights of the parade was Santa and Mrs. Claus riding on the back of the firetruck.
There were tamales and barbecue for sale along with crafts, baked goods and gifts. Children took pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus There was music and entertainment at the Cargill-Gallman Pavilion.
Everyone had a wonderful time this year.