Rain, sleet and snow put a halt to the Orange Jaycee’s annual Christmas parade Friday evening. But the Christmas spirit prevails in Orange County. Floats from the Orange parade are welcomed to join the inaugural Christmas Lights Parade in Bridge City, Saturday night.

The 2009 Christmas Lights Parade punctuates the 50th anniversary year of the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce Saturday. The parade rolls out at 6 p.m. and Orange parade entries are welcomed to join but asked to fill out applications and get in line before the parade begins.

According to Donna Scales, chairwoman for the event, there will be a group of chamber volunteers at the Chamber office, 150 W. Round Bunch, all day beginning in the morning. Applications will be available there.

Entry fee is one new toy to be donated to the Bridge City/Orangefield Ministerial Alliance to aid the organizations annual Christmas toy drive. Cash donations for toys will also be accepted and will be used to buy clothing and shoes for nearly 700 needy children in the area.

The almost three mile parade route will proceed from First Baptist Church on W. Round Bunch to the Bridge City Intermediate School.

Parade entries will be judges in three best decorated categories; float, car/truck and walker. All entries  must be adorned in Christmas lighting. First, second and third place trophies will be awarded.

For More Information Call The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce at 735-5671.