By Debby Schamber

For the Record

The Bridge City streets will soon be filled with twinkling lights, Christmas cheer and laughter when the annual Christmas parade rolls through. 

Although the parade has been occurring for many years, the 10th annual lighted parade is slated for 6 p.m. December 8th. 

The theme this year is “One starry night.” The theme was chosen by the parade committee. 

The float with the best use of the theme will be awarded the Mayor’s Trophy and receive a $200 prize. There will also be first, second and third place awards given to entries in the various categories such as dance, ambulatory, vehicles and floats. 

The trophies will be presented at the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce networking coffee 8 a.m. December 11 at the Bridge City High School library. 

“It is open for all to attend,” said B.J. Hanneman of the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce. 

On average there are usually about 50 entries in the parade. To date there are 25, according to Hanneman. 

The Chamber is still taking applications for parade entries until December 3. Applications can be found on their website at bridgecitychamber.com or at the Bridge City CofC office located at 150 W. Roundbunch Road. If the office is closed, applications have been left on the porch area and they can be returned during business hours or dropped into the door slot. 

One exceptionally large entry, but lots of fun are the Jeep groups. According to Hanneman, there are three Jeep groups. Each vehicle is decorated and met with wide-eyed smiles as they pass. 

Children will be ready to catch the candy thrown by the passing entries in the parade. 

The tradition will continue with Don and Angie Breaux as Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Due to a health issue, Don Breaux was unable to be Santa in 2017. However, he is ready to roll this year.  

Following the end of the parade, everyone is invited to the Bridge City Bank for a free movie outside for a showing of “The Grinch.” They will be serving free hot chocolate and popcorn. Movie goers are asked to bring a blanket to sit on while they watch the movie. 

Should weather conditions force the parade to cancel, it will be rescheduled for 6 p.m. December 15th, Hanneman said.