Local Parade Brings Holiday Cheer

By: Toni Harrison
By: Toni Harrison

The sun wasn't shining and the afternoon breeze was chilly to say the least. But, that didn't stop hundreds of smiling faces from lining the streets of Bryan and College Station for A Miracle on Texas Avenue, the Bryan College Station Holiday Parade.

"We enjoy this parade, every year we've been here for four years watching it, we really enjoy it," said Sam Bell, parade visitor.

"It's exciting for the kids, it's just something to do," said Nathaniel Aniello, local resident.

Year after year people of all ages, some local some not, have enjoyed the parade and the creative floats.

"He's getting to see a whole bunch of things he's never seen before, you know it's fun," said Aniello.

"I like the John Deer tractors, I like all the big tractors I like the combine it's just fun to watch them come down the road," said Bell.

Parade organizers say this year the number of floats is at a near record, which means the 18 individuals responsible for judging the floats have their work cut out for them.

"The judges judge each one of their category's. Each one is assigned schools or commercial business adult or large or small commercial business," said Tresa Meece, parade judge.

Meece has been judging A Miracle on Texas Avenue for 10 years. She says preparing for the parade takes a lot of work ahead of time.

"We meet at least once a month for about eight months preparing making sure everything comes together," said Meece.

Even though it takes judges eight months just to get ready for this one day, Meece says the hardest work comes after the parade.

"After the parade is my hardest work because I'm working under such a deadline. All of the judges turn their results in to me, I go back to the office and tally them," said Meece.

But even with all the responsibility, for Meece A Miracle on Texas Ave is still a lot of fun

"It makes me feel like a kid again and when I grow up, I want to be a kid again," said Meece.

MIRACLE ON TEXAS AVENUE- PARADE RESULTS

CASH AWARDS

$500.00 GRAND PRIZE - BEST OVERALL
Sul Ross Elementary

$300.00 JUDGES' AWARD - BEST ADHERENCE TO THEME
Mitchell Elementary

$200.00 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - BEST ORIGINALITY AND CREATIVITY
SPJST

OTHER AWARDS

BEST POOPER SCOOPER
Sweet Water Ranch

SCHOOLS, COLLEGIATE

1ST PLACE- Blinn College Dental Hygiene
2ND PLACE- Texas A&M University - Ross Volunteers

SCHOOLS, HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL

1ST PLACE- Saint Joseph Catholic School
2ND PLACE- SFA Cheerleaders

SCHOOLS, ELEMENTARY / PRESCHOOL / DAYCARE

1ST PLACE- Sul Ross Elementary
2ND PLACE- Mitchell Elementary

COMMUNITY SERVICE, YOUTH

1ST PLACE- Cub Scout Pack 62
2ND PLACE- Bryan Buccaneers Pop Warner Little Scholars

COMMUNITY SERVICE, ADULT

1ST PLACE- SPJST
2ND PLACE- First Baptist Church of Bryan Praise Singers

COMMERCIAL, LARGE BUSINESS

1ST PLACE- College Station Utilities
2ND PLACE- Brazos County District Clerk's Office

COMMERCIAL, SMALL BUSINESS

1ST PLACE- Academy of Modern Martial Arts
2ND PLACE- Celebrity Spa & Boutique

INDIVUALS

1ST PLACE- Thurmon Singers
2ND PLACE- Cat in the Hat

BANDS / MUSIC / MARCHING

1ST PLACE- Bryan High School Viking Band
2ND PLACE- A&M Consolidated High School Band

MOUNTED UNITS

1ST PLACE- Texas Ladies Aside
2ND PLACE- Brazos County Sheriff's Posse


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